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    De-Mystifying the Gender-Based Violence Discourse: A Linguistic Analysis of Public Reception to Historically Prominent Male Perpetrators by Pray, Sophia Fern

    This senior thesis project explores the interrelated nature of gendered privilege and Gender-Based Violence through the lens of three historically significant cases from the past century: the William F. Slocum controversy on the Colorado College campus in 1917, the Thomas Clarence (v. Anita Hill) congressional hearing in 1991, and the Brett Kavanaugh (v. Christine Ford) congressional hearing in 2018. An examination of both public official and general public reactions to these three cases at the time of their occurrence, with a focus on characterizations of the three men involved, show a simultaneous upholding of a successful, powerful yet innocent male trope and an outbreak of new confrontations of such male privilege through the emergence of new media. Specifically, themes of misrecognition and narrative authenticity are addressed through an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on feminist, media studies, and linguistic anthropological theory.