Scarlet Letters from Perugia: ‘Slut-Shaming’ and the Media Representations of Amanda Knox

  • Stevie Simkin
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


Simkin’s essay considers aspects of the representation of Amanda Knox’s sexuality in the media, with specific attention paid to feminist critiques and the notion of ‘slut-shaming’. Simkin analyses four key moments from the investigation of the murder of Meredith Kercher and the trials that followed where Knox’s sexuality was under particular scrutiny. In the context of recent debates about third-wave feminism, especially with regard to ideas about female sexual appetite, the chapter considers some of the commentary the coverage provoked, in the press and online. Finally, there is analysis of Knox’s own response (chiefly in her memoir) and the way in which the media’s reflections on her sexuality and sexual history impacted upon the high-profile TV appearances she made to promote the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stevie Simkin
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  1. 1.Performing Arts, University of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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