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 Love’s case, she said, “the vig­orous young ath­lete turns into the imper­iled damsel in dis­tress. .?.?. Young, white and attrac­tive women are often posi­tioned this way” not just in the news but in TV shows, movies and books, such as the pop­ular “Twi­light” series.

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