An open, short, and really frickin angry letter to NZ journalists:
Stop referring to the young woman whose body was found in Canterbury as a "sex worker". It's an appalling thing to do. Utterly appalling. Her name was Renee, she was 22, and she was an actual person. She has a family, and friends, and people who care about her.
I get why you all use the term "sex worker" all the time when you refer to her, but try and remember that even though she's just a catchy headline or soundbite for all of you, to her family and friends she's Renee.
Just try, just a little bit, to think about her as an actual person, and spare a tiny thought for the people who loved her, and cared about her, and are grieving for her today.
UPDATE: Pleasing to see that the reporting of this case seems to have now shifted. And for the record (and by that I mean the various people who've implied I was making some personal judgment about being a sex worker as opposed to a forestry worker or fireman or accountant) my point was that the thing I found repugnant was what I believe was an utterly cynical use of the term "sex worker" in headlines to draw interest. Exploiting anything at all in a case like this, and I really do mean anything, simply to create public interest is utterly wrong. I'm sure the various journos from the earlier headlines will say that they weren't. I think they were. And I think that's a terrible thing to do.
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