Of monsters, mothers and murders: fear, loathing and 'Aussie true crime' in tabloid women’s magazines

Hopkins, Susan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1781-2382 (2022) Of monsters, mothers and murders: fear, loathing and 'Aussie true crime' in tabloid women’s magazines. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 22 (2). pp. 64-76.


Abstract

This article combines Entman’s approach to media frames and Creed’s concept of the monstrous-feminine in a critical, close, textual analysis of the ways in which Australian women’s magazines frame murder crimes and female criminality. Using recent case studies of crime features and special issues within Australian tabloid women’s magazines, this study examines the selection and arrangement of textual features, especially sensationalistic attention-arresting headlines and visual elements, which over-emphasise and misrepresent feminized and maternal aspects of violent 'true' crimes. I argue that female offenders are constructed here in tabloid narratives, intended for female audiences, as one- dimensional hate objects, or dehumanised, monstrous 'Others'.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 02:27
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2022 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: true crime, women’s magazines, media frames, monstrous-feminine
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470107 Media studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48290

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