Mequeon Johnson 05302014

Some of the keywords that struck my eye that relates to the (girls) were: teenage, sisters, villagers, girls, field, raped, and hung.

Keywords (women): activist, protest, villagers, and home.

The article I chose to review was entitled “Sister gang-raped, hung from tree in India”. This article covers a case that happened in India on Thursday involving two sisters that were allegedly gang raped. The girls were aged both 14 and 15 years old. After being gang-raped, they were later hung from a mango tree.

The women in this article were portrayed as being rising activist. Although the women in this article were portrayed as being “rising activist”, the reporter also pointed out that women were somewhat inferior. For example, in the article it stated: “women are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assault, experts say, and those who do report case are often subjected to public ridicule or social stigma.

The words teenage, sisters, and girls can signify that the girls were a family, but they were around different age groups. Whereas, the words villagers and field suggests their particular background or residence. Those two terms may suggest the girls stay in a village surrounded by land (field).

When the reporter stated the girls were raped, it may indicate they wasn’t protected. If they were protected, rape would not be committed every 22 minutes in India.

However, the women were portrayed to be activist. The term activists implies that some of the women and men were rebellious. The woman fought for what they believed in. The women that were being assaulted was not able to have a voice of their own. The reporter stated that the women had to stay quiet about the sexual assaults that took place. The women had no one that they could go to for support besides their immediate family. Also from analyzing this article, one may conclude that the women are making a change. “India tightened its anti- rape laws last year, making gang rape punishable by the death penalty. The new law came after nationwide protest over fatal gang rape of a moving bus in New Delhi.

However, the picture that was attached to the article speaks volume. The picture illustrates Indian women that is protesting. From viewing the picture, one may conclude that they are doing some form of chanting. One may conclude the women are middle class citizens. They are fighting for something they strongly believe in.

In essence this article suggest that the girls and the women had different identities.


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* This blog includes an analysis of the news story:  Indian girls found hanging after gang-rape from the news publication
Al Jazeera  America. Modified: May 30, 2014 08:55 GMT

Within the content of today’s news stories, there are usually words that have been carefully selected; to either reflect a particular image or perpetuate a stereotype that already exists. Not only do words have the ability to facilitate communication, they also hold the power of influence. To communicate is to share or exchange information, news and ideas. To communicate with mastery, however, is to convince and persuade your audience through the strategic selection and usage of words. “Good writers “or word smiths, as some like to call them, often create imagery without the reader noticing. And if they’re really good, they can go undetected under a trained eye; such as the students of COMM 2107.

When focusing on the imagery and stereotypes of women in the media, it becomes evident that, for many writers, the portrayal of their female subjects, will almost always, allude to a quintessential characterization; whether from ancient or modern times. With all of the packaging going on in the media; will the mass audience be manipulated into passivity? Would Adorno agree?

In the news story “Indian Girls Found Hanging After Gang-Rape,” the words selected in reference to the “who’s” of the story, provide the audience with some background information on the subjects and their perceived role in society… emphasis on perceived.  The authors’ hidden messages are usually picked up with ease and also without the receiver even realizing they bought into it. Now… do they give the reader a 100 percent accurate and truthful depiction regarding all Indian women? Of course not! The idea is that, with the usage of the “perfect”: nouns, verbs, and adjectives; a writer can not only build on a particular stereotype but create a few as well.

The nouns used to describe the female subjects in this news report are: girls, sisters and cousins. These particular nouns suggest that the girls were ordinary and “normal”. Also, the adjective used to describe the girls is, teenage; and he also mentioned their ages; which were 14 and 15. The language selected for this story, gave the reader an opportunity to empathize and put themselves in the shoes of the girls’ loved ones. Anyone could relate to the story, considering most people know (or know of) at least one teen girl with a sister or cousin. Meanwhile, the men involved who allegedly raped the teens, were referred to as: men, suspects, and police officers. Base on the allegations of these men, isn’t it likely that the writer could have found an alternative word to, just plain ol, “men”? The question a critical thinker would ask is;  if a woman had been accused of adultery in the same country, would the writers at Aljazeera or any other news publication, referred to her solely as “a woman”?

When analyzing the verbs associated with the girls; the word “hanging” promotes their lack of control and also highlights their defenselessness in life and death.  This word appeared frequently thorough the story, with the possible intent to evoke emotion from the reader while imprinting a lasting visual of the dead hanging girls within the mind.

The imagery the writer created through this news story involves two ordinary and innocent, best-friend like teens, who has been brutally assaulted by………………  innocent, every day, normal men. Sound contradictory, and paradoxical?  Because it is! The author somehow managed to highlight the innocence and virtue of the girls but also managed to keep the dignity, respect and normality of the rapists/murderers. The ultimate stereotype that the language in the story suggests is; boys will be boys.

*NOTE, this blog was written based on the original news story. It has been modified since then.







Andrea Pierce 05/30/14:Covering Rape Cases That Changed India



Analysis: CNN

In New Delhi, India there was two teenage girls at the age of 14 and 16 years old that was gang-raped and found hanging from a tree. There’s a photo of one of the little girls body hanging from thee, the girl had on a green tunic top and pants. Three brothers have raped two cousins from the same village and still looking for evidence of the three brothers that raped and hung the two girls but they still can’t find any evidence that trace back to the brothers says, R.K.S. Rathore, a deputy inspector-general of police. One of the brothers was arrest and question about what happen and why while the authorities still on the hut for the other two brothers. Everybody in the village gathered around the tree where the little girls were hung to pay their respects to the little girls. India has several rapes that have been going on for years, a lot of people put a lot of their comments all over twitter by saying, “disgusting”, “speechless”, and the top one tweet that everybody been asking, “when is India going to change”. According to authorities rapes happen every 22 minutes, but a lot of females are afraid too speak up about them being raped. Going back to this rape that happen two years ago, a 23-year-old student that had been rape On December 16, 2012 on a Tuesday night. The victim Nirbhaya was a physiotherapy student at Jawaharlal Nehru University was coming from the movies with her male friend. There where at least six drunk guys and the bus driver that dragged Nirbhaya onto the back of the bus and beating her male friend. All six men took turns raping her and using an iron rob to violate and beating her so bad that she had several bad injures, while all this was taking place the bus was riding around the city for about an hour while all this was taking place. When the men were done they dumped both of the victims body on the side of the road. Nirbhaya was rush to the hospital in Singapore, she died from the badly injures two weeks later.

Majority all women and men start a protest to stop violates and rapes and make women speak up that has been rape. The protest started from a young group of men and women then it build up to thousands of men and women, that started a big riot to stop men from raping women and students and get the authorities more involved into these cases to get these women justices and put these men behind bars for a long time. The rapes mostly happen to students that walk out at night by themselves or with friends. The people in northern India said, “enough is enough”, because students are not safe and scared to just be walking around. Now in India there are women speaking up to authorities that will put these men behind bars some another women want go through what they been through.(

Travonn Jackson: A Desperate Mother’s Search


In the article A Desperate Mother’s Search Leads to a Fight Against Sex Trafficking a Argentinian woman is searching for her daughter who she believes has been abducted and forced into being a sex slave. The woman, Susana Trimarco, desperately searches for her daughter, María de los Ángeles Verón, every single day. Women in this story are portrayed as victims who are forced into becoming prostitutes. The woman is portrayed as a loving woman who is doing whatever it takes to find her daughter. Continue reading

Andrea Cowan-Stewart 05/30/14

Publication: BBC

Analysis: Maya Angelou “the brightest light’ says Barack Obama

Image Maya Angelou posing with one of her most famous memoirs I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou a well-respected woman in many communities died this week at the age of 86. There were many people that paid homage to Angelou and President Barack Obama was one of those people. President Obama led a tribute that honored Maya Angelou.

The woman in this article was portrayed as being a woman of many accomplishments and she was highly respected. Although the article stated many positive things about Maya Angelou’s career they still managed to include negative images of her childhood upbringing to somehow portray that she rised above all the adversity in her life and was able to still be successful in her career.

Keywords (Career): brilliant, activist, phenomenal, warrior, equality, teacher, artist, human being, story teller, inspiring, inauguration, national treasure, renaissance woman, professor, US best-seller, civil rights activist, strength, role model, friend, poet

Keywords (Childhood Upbringing): oppression, abuse, suffering, raped, mute, racism, family trauma, poverty, violence, segregation, singer, dancer, cocktail waitress, prostitute, actress

Throughout this article there were both images and stereotypes. The article starts out by mentioning Maya Angelou as being a phenomenal woman. This image portrays Angelou as being very remarkable or being of the best quality of a woman. Throughout the article it indicated many of the accomplishments within her career. Angelou was a teacher, professor, poet, story teller, artist and role model. The amount of achievements that were mentioned in this article gave the image that Angelou was a woman of great successes in spite of her many hardships.

 She was also a civil rights activist. This image of Maya Angelou being a civil rights activist gave the image of Angelou being a fighter for rights and equality. The author added this particular image in order to reach the reader that was reading the article that may have been present during the Civil Rights Movement.

The author stated that Maya Angelou was a national treasure. When thinking of the image of treasure you begin to think of something that is sacred and not easily obtained. The author seems to reference Angelou in this way so the reader will know that people nationwide valued her.

The article also goes to mention aspects of her childhood. The author mentions that Maya Angelou was raised by her grandmother. When mentioning that she was raised by her grandmother the author used the stereotype that her mother and father were not present in her life. When letting the readers know that she was not raised by either of her parents allows them to relate to her upbringing.  The article comments about Angelou having to experience suffering and abuse as a child. This image allows the reader to be sympathetic with Maya Angelou. Although some readers may have not experienced suffering and abuse as a child they may know others who have and this too makes her seem relatable.

Before the author ended the article it mentioned that Maya Angelou made a final post on Facebook prior to her death. The image that the author is trying to portray is that even a woman of her age and status she still was in tune with social media. The author uses this image to portray the dominance of social media sites in peoples ever day lives.






Chris Johnson: Social Media Campaign Sparks Debate on Targeting of Women

Analysis: Wall Street Journal

Rodger Elliot a student at Santa Barbra university opened fire last week on campus killing seven people and injuring 13. in his 137 page manifesto he says his hatred towards women for rejecting him is what triggered this massacre. women rights activist are asking for a national campaign to reduce violence against women. Their push has revived calls for tougher gun laws.

Key words: woman’s rights, Woman activist, victims, #YesAllWomen, epidemic, entrenched aggressive behavior against women.

In this article women were portrayed as victims and constant targets of male violence.

The term women rights activist was used to project the image that the women pushing for the campaign are women who are accustom to fighting for women’s rights . the word activist gives you the image of structure. it makes you feel as though the women’s approach to this situation will be well planned out. instead of just saying women witch would make you think more of a radical group of woman protesting with no real goal other then to be heard. even though that’s all that the activist are asking for anyway.

The word victim is used to describe the people who died. but the women play that role because they were the initial targets of the attack.

Epidemic is defined as “a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time”. the author uses the word epidemic in the article to portray that violence against women is a persistan problem that communities across the world are suffering from and it seems to have no end.

The phrase “entrenched aggressive behavior against women” purpose was to imply that this aggressive behavior towards women has long been known and excepted by society.

The media used the massacre that killed both men and women and was just as devastating to each gender to talk about other interesting topics such as violence against women and the need for stricter gun laws even though the massacre it self should of ultimately been the focal point.

The hashtag #YesAllWomen is a twitter campaign that started over the weekend after the violent killings had occurred. the hashtag had drawn 1.6 million mostly positive comments. in support of the women’s campaign.

They spoke on stricter gun laws which gave the illusion that with stricter laws lives wouldn’t have been taken when in fact it was a lack of medical help that let things escalate to this point. his mom and his medical physician at the time were all aware of his medical problems and his bad intentions but ended up being just minutes late to possibly stop Elliot from making a terrible decision.

Abduction of Nigerian Schoolgirls By Travonn Jackson

Nouns and adjectives

Girls, armed militants, teenagers,young men, innocent girls, 

These word are used to give visual examples of the girls that were kidnapped as young teenage girls that are trying to get an education and to describe the guys that took them as militants who are young and armed with weapons. I believe that the story the New York Times did was objective because they really didn’t know that much about the story because it was still fresh and also they did not want to be politically incorrect.


Because the story was still new they did not have any visuals to go along with the story until a later story but for that one they showed a package of mother crying for their daughters and people surrounding them.Also the video show the alleged Boca Harram, and the bombing of cars, also the Senator talking about the situation.

In the original story they did not mention any of the girls family also information about how many girls were actually taken was also missing.