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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-23-12 08:50 PM
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2. Whatever one may think of Zimmerman
Trayvon was a teenager, not a "child". This sort of sexism really gets to me, because an unarmed female of Trayvon's age could get raped and murdered, and people would call her a "woman".

Over the age of 13 and under the age of 20, you're a teen...not a child or a woman.

Why does nobody care when violent crime happens to women? Name one woman who is armed when she is raped or killed...you'd have a hard time doing so. Yet when a young male is unarmed, it's The World's Biggest Tragedy.

I'm not diminishing what has happened here, just dismayed at the sexism being displayed throughout the media coverage of Trayvon's death. Why is an unarmed, murdered teen boy a "child", while a murdered or raped teen girl is never called a child? The unarmed Natalee Holloway was never called a "child" by anybody, and she was about Trayvon's age. Unless a female murder victim is the age of Jon Benet or Caylee Anthony, she is never called a child.

In fact, I've noticed that when there's a media frenzy over a female victim, DU'ers often mock it...I remember one even went so far as to call Jon Benet "Aryan", just because she was blonde and blue-eyed. I nearly threw up.

It's bad enough that we women must deal with this sort of sexism from the media. Can we please not be forced to deal with it at DU? Trayvon's death is tragic, but he's a "teen" or a "boy", not a child. And when a female teen is a victim, she's a teen or a girl...not a woman. And she's not Aryan, even if she is a blonde.

Thank you.
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