When over 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped in April, the world started a #bringbackourgirls campaign. It became an international issue which had the backing of the Obama administration and feminists. Of course, it didn’t matter that a couple of months prior to that, on the 25th of February, 59 Nigerian boys were mutilated, their throats slit, and many burnt alive by the same men who had kidnapped the girls, but the horrendous incident was sidelined – crimes against boys is not news. This time around, in a gruesome incident where 133 boys were killed in a school attack in Peshawar, the media termed it an attack against schoolchildren. The gender was not specified.
In this day and age with feminists demonizing men and draping women in the cloak of victimhood, and the media busy collecting dollars exaggerating the plight of women and downplaying crimes against men, it seems as though a man is an entity to be subdued. From East to West, the media is biased and prejudiced, with India probably taking the lead with its lies about dowry harassment.
How would it have appeared if the media had reported that Nigerian ‘children’ were kidnapped, instead of referring to the female gender? No one would have thought any such thing possible. But when boys are massacred, the incident has to be hidden, if not, the gender altogether. How else will the ever so green image of women as victims be propelled by the media? Also, can one imagine the term ‘children’ being used if we reverse the scenario and imagine that all the students who were killed in Peshawar were girls?
The media and feminists thrive on biased reporting and the twisting of facts. It is a deliberate modus operandi hidden from the public eye. This is neither the first time nor the last in which crimes against boys have been desperately brushed under the carpet, or tried to be molded to fit the blooming image of girls as the oppressed gender.