Boys or pupils?

If you want to understand just how misleading the reporting in the Guardian is look at the two headlines below. The first was taken from the Times and the second from the Guardian. The reports concern the spate of kidnappings and attacks on schools by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram. Historically there has been a great deal of emphasis on the missing girls. For example, Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie and William Hague have highlighted their plight. They ignored the overwhelming majority of victims of Boko Haram who were boys and who in many cases burned to death; a fact that has been treated with yawning indifference by the middle-class English Literature graduates at the Guardian.

The latest atrocity concerned 300 boys at a specialist science secondary school. The journalists at the Times honestly report that the victims were boys. The journalists at the Guardian, however, finding a story in which girls are not exclusively the victims simply reports them as pupils. Had it been the other way round with girls in the majority (even 51%) the headline would have read ‘Hundreds of girls missing after gunmen missing attack Nigerian school’.

Will Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Angelina Jolie and William Hague stand up for the missing boys? I doubt it.

In the times they are boys
In the Guardian they are pupils

By femgoggles

I was abandoned by my parents in the black mountains and raised by timberwolves. On my return to the 'civilised world' with questionable table manners, I became a detached observer of human behaviour in general and gender relations in particular. This blog is the product of those observations.

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