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Leah Nelson, Fargo, Published May 03 2013

Letter: ‘Boot’ headline was inappropriate

What was The Forum thinking? You run a story about a women lying to the police about a man holding a knife to her throat and then twice beating him unconscious and you think it is appropriate to give the report a cute headline: “Woman gives man the boot”?

Would you have done the same tongue-in-cheek headline if the victim had been a woman? This treatment of the subject is played out so many times for humor in movies, commercials and television. Check yourself before you try to find humor in a woman lying to the authorities about a matter that could put a man in prison.

It is no more humorous to hit a man in the face than it is for them to hit us. Every time a woman falsely accuses a man of rape or assault with a knife, etc., it diminishes the public perception of the actual horrific attacks.