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Missing white woman syndrome ('MWWS) is a form of media bias in which there is a disproportionate degree of coverage in television, radio, newspaper and magazine reporting of an adversity, most often a missing person case, involving a young, white, upper-middle class (frequently blonde) woman or girl. This degree of coverage is usually contrasted with cases concerning a missing male, or missing females of other ethnicities, socioeconomic classes or physical attractiveness.[1][2]

The term was first coined in the late 1960's by professor Albert.E. Straus


  1. includeonly>Foreman, Tom. "Diagnosing 'Missing White Woman Syndrome'",, March 14, 2006. Retrieved on July 7, 2011. “phrase invoked by Sheri Parks, a professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park”
  2. includeonly>Robinson, Eugene. "(White) Women We Love", June 10, 2005. Retrieved on July 7, 2011. “choosing only young, white, middle-class women for the full damsel treatment”

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