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February 19, 2013

Should Pistorius-Steenkamp Killing be a Newswire Showcase for T-and-A?

Two things hit me in the kneecaps about this Pistorius-Steenkamp murder story photo this morning.

The first is that Reeva Steenkamp would be depicted, especially at her funeral and for posterity — by a headshot. (In addition to modeling, I understand she had also studied law, worked as a paralegal and was interested in taking it further.) The second is that a (male) photographer and the newswire would mark her passing with a (otherwise anonymous) cleavage shot.

Isn’t this “point of view” one of the factors that get these women killed in the first place?

via AP Mobile app – World Pictures of the Day

(photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP caption: A woman holds a photo of Reeva Steenkamp, as she leaves her funeral, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day. The defense lawyer says it was an accidental shooting.)

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