“Race, gender, youth and attractiveness are all factors in whose stories are found to be media-worthy,” said Sheri L. Parks, an American studies professor at the University of Maryland. In Loveâs case, she said, âthe vigorous young athlete turns into the imperiled damsel in distress. .?.?. Young, white and attractive women are often positioned this wayâ not just in the news but in TV shows, movies and books, such as the popular “Twilight” series.