Over the past few weeks, Harvey Weinstein has become the face of sexual predation, taking up the mantle from Bill Cosby. It is difficult to ignore the fact that Weinstein’s conduct has become a "global" story because those who are speaking out are seen as glamorous. The violation of any woman is horrible, but in the eyes of media houses, sexual offences against white women and women deemed to be "beautiful" are especially horrid. When a beautiful woman is killed, the media cannot seem to shake the horror. We saw this in media coverage of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and we see it in the frenzy of reporting about the actresses Weinstein bullied, harassed and assaulted. If a woman’s worth is linked to her looks in life, in death this is even more the case. In the wake of the murder of Karabo Mokoena earlier in 2017, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula implied that part of the tragedy of her death was that she was "such a beautiful yellowbone". There is, of course, no relationship between ...

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