‘Lesbian couple beat dog’
‘Woman assaults employees’
‘Indian man murders wife’
See anything wrong with these headlines? With one word taken out or changed, it would mean the same thing, without marginalizing a group.
‘Couple beats dog’
‘Boss assaults employees’
‘Man murders wife’
Why is it that a person’s or group’s sexuality, gender or race need to be in the headline of an article that has nothing to do with their sexuality, gender or race? All this does is gives trolls a chance to come out of their holes and be trolls. ‘X did this, therefor, all X are bad’. It wouldn’t really be a problem if it was in the article (as long as it wasn’t stereotypical, racist, homophobic or sexist), but what makes that information so important that it needs to be the first thing a person sees when they open a newspaper or click on a news link? How does it benefit the reader, or the news distributor?
Wouldn’t it be great if a lesbian couple was just a couple? Wouldn’t it be amazing if a woman or an Indian man was just a person?
I’m not saying that what these people did wasn’t wrong, but having their ethnicity, gender or sexuality in the headline is silly, and not very good journalism.
A person is a person, a couple is a couple, a group is a group.