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April 24, 2018 / C H Thompson

Media Representations of Sexuality

  • The dominant view of sexuality in the UK is heterosexuality – which describes an individual’s sexual orientation
  • This goes some way in explaining why there’s a male gaze – as traditionally women garner themselves to attract their male suitors
  • One argument is that this is now changing as men ‘polish’ themselves up (the metrosexual) in order to make themselves attractive to women
  • Much of the above is reinforced by white, middle-class males dominating the media industry with their ‘male-gaze’ and so perpetuate the established stereotypes



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