History Main / MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome

31st Oct '17 8:02:37 PM lakingsif
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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada) has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.

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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada) has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for [[MissingChild child abductions abductions]] and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.
27th Oct '17 4:32:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The actual plot doesn't really follow this, though. The police ''did'' find and capture them; we'll never know if they would have ultimately escaped justice since he murdered them in cold blood before their trial.
27th Oct '17 2:46:42 PM DesertDragon
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Compare IfItBleedsItLeads, LocalAngle, MenAreTheExpendableGender (the news certainly thinks so), WorstNewsJudgmentEver.

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Compare IfItBleedsItLeads, LocalAngle, MenAreTheExpendableGender (the news certainly thinks so), MenAreTheExpendableGender, WorstNewsJudgmentEver.
30th Jul '17 10:00:39 AM DustSnitch
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19th Jul '17 2:44:44 PM ironballs16
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** Once more in "A Shot in the Dark". Peter shoots Cleveland's son, Carter's lawyers assassinate Cleveland Jr's character in the resulting trial, and as a crowd of people form around Cleveland's house, Peter comes clean that none of it was true and he did shoot Cleveland Jr. Cleveland senior takes the blame in his stead - and the entire crowd is immediately ''gone'' by the time he finishes his sentence.

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** Once more in "A Shot in the Dark". Peter shoots Cleveland's son, Carter's lawyers [[AssholeVictim assassinate Cleveland Jr's character character]] in the resulting trial, and as a crowd of people form around Cleveland's house, Peter comes clean that none of it was true and he did shoot Cleveland Jr. Cleveland senior takes the blame in his stead - and the entire crowd is immediately ''gone'' by the time he finishes his sentence.
4th Jul '17 2:15:35 PM twilicorn
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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.

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The origin of the term is unclear. Although Professor Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland claims to have coined it circa 2005, it apparently has been in use among journalists (and Website/{{FARK}}.com) for years before that. It's also been referred to as "missing pretty girl syndrome" and "[[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]] syndrome". In particular, the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada) has the AMBER Alert, which is a special alert code for child abductions and was named for the young white daughter of influential parents.
28th May '17 6:24:01 PM lalaTKG
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* While discussing this trope, John Mulaney notes that the media loves to play up the attractiveness of female murder victims to enhance the sensationalism. He then notes that sometimes the hype doesn't live up to the reality. "'Beauty Slain'. Hmm... How about 'Body Found'?"

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* While discussing this trope, John Mulaney Creator/JohnMulaney notes that the media loves to play up the attractiveness of female murder victims to enhance the sensationalism. He then notes that sometimes the hype doesn't live up to the reality. "'Beauty Slain'. Hmm... How about 'Body Found'?"
28th May '17 6:19:19 PM lalaTKG
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28th May '17 6:19:18 PM lalaTKG
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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Old Wounds", the father of the VictimOfTheWeek complains bitterly that non one seriously investigated when his daughter disappeared - instead preferring to believe she had just run away - because she was miner's child at the time of the miner's strike, and a half-caste. Even when her body is found, he does not believe the police will put any effort into finding her killer.

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* ''Series/{{Vera}}'': In "Old Wounds", the father of the VictimOfTheWeek complains bitterly that non no one seriously investigated when his daughter disappeared - instead preferring to believe she had just run away - because she was miner's child at the time of the miner's strike, and a half-caste. Even when her body is found, he does not believe the police will put any effort into finding her killer.
2nd Apr '17 6:36:07 PM Kadorhal
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** Once more in "A Shot in the Dark". Peter shoots Cleveland's son, Carter's lawyers assassinate Cleveland Jr's character in the resulting trial, and as a crowd of people form around Cleveland's house, Peter comes clean that none of it was true and he did shoot Cleveland Jr. Cleveland senior takes the blame in his stead - and the entire crowd is immediately ''gone'' by the time he finishes his sentence.
-->'''Peter:''' Wait, wh- where did everybody go?\\
'''Cleveland:''' You wanna make the media go away? Just mention black-on-black crime.
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