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April 24, 2018 / C H Thompson

Media Representations of Gender

  • There’s an under representation of women in the media industry as women face a glass ceiling
  • According to neo-Marxists and feminist writers media representations of gender come via a ‘male gaze’
  • This male gaze (where men drool over women) is perpetuated in the media as women are objectified as sex objects
  • There’s an under-representation of women in ‘hard’ news stories, especially in items where an expert is called upon. Men are the experts in reports and women are called on for ‘ordinary’ views
  • This gets worse for older women, as women over 50 are unlikely to feature in lead roles either in TV, film or news readers
  • Feminist writers emphasise the symbolic annihilation of women by the media as illustrative of patriarchal ideology locating women in private rather than public roles


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