Well, Gee, I Hope He's Okay!

[Trigger warning for stalking, violence, arson, misogyny, apologia.]

Shaker Kira emailed me an amazing example of how violence against women is minimized in news reporting.

The headline is: "Man badly burned when girlfriend's house set on fire."

The opening paragraph is: "Clark County sheriff's deputies say a Vancouver man was badly burned when a house with his girlfriend and three others inside was set on fire."

OMG this poor guy, right?!
The sheriff's office says deputies responding to a domestic disturbance Friday night were told the boyfriend had doused the 23-year-old woman with gasoline, poured gas around the house and fled.

A fire broke out, but the woman, her 5-year-old son, her sister and mother were able to escape.
The girlfriend's father said she had just broken up with Miller.
So...not so much a "girlfriend," then, as much as an ex-girlfriend. And Miller is not the "boyfriend" as which he is identified as in the headline as much as he is a vengeful stalker.
The father said Miller texted the family Friday afternoon, saying he was going to burn the house down.

The father said his daughter did not get burned but did get gasoline in her eyes. The 5-year-old son also got gasoline on him but he is OK, too.
They are not burned. Calling them "OK" nonetheless frankly feels a little presumptuous.

And minimizing: The violent stalker is badly burned. His intended victims, who merely were doused with gasoline and terrorized, are OK.

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