Seeing Red: Immigrant Women and Sexual Danger in Toronto's Postwar Daily Newspapers

  • Elise Chenier Queen's University
Keywords: Immigration, Displaced persons, Toronto


In Canada, post-World War Two European immigration gave rise to nativist fears that the political, cultural and social traditions of "New Canadians" - and in particular, the supposed sexual immorality of "DP" (Displaced Persons) men - threatened to undermine the Canadian way ol'life. This article offers a gendered examination of how these forces shaped the media coverage of the 1954 murders of two Eastern European refugee women in the city of Toronto