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Title“Challenging it softly”: a feminist inquiry into gender in the news media context
Author(s)Santos, Anabela Moreira
Cerqueira, Carla Preciosa Braga
Cabecinhas, Rosa
KeywordsFeminist media studies
Gender
Media professionals
Publics
Journalism
Issue date2018
PublisherRoutledge
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Abstract(s)As they are a privileged site for the (re)construction of the dominant gender order, media often contribute to naturalizing inequalities. This paper aims to critically discuss the way in which hegemonic meanings of gender have been accepted, resisted, and/or challenged in the Portuguese media context, both by professionals working in news magazines and by publics. This discussion revolves around three different topics: access, distribution, and participation in the media industries; reporting practices and media contents; and gender equality policies. The research is based on 11 focus-group discussions with 101 undergraduate students, as well as on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 15 media professionals. The collected data were subsequently submitted to a thematic analysis. The findings show that hegemonic meanings of gender were mostly (re)produced: gender asymmetries in the media industry were either taken as a non-issue, or attributed to individual-level factors. Additionally, gendered media representations, and the relationships between the male-biased news-making process and the neoliberal trends in political economy of communication were largely disregarded, as far as their impact is concerned; gender equality policies were dismissed as actions required to achieve equality, diversity, and social justice. Critical gender perspectives have rarely been endorsed by media professionals and publics.
TypePreprint
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/55062
DOI10.1080/14680777.2018.1465445
ISSN1468-0777
e-ISSN1471-5902
Publisher versionhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14680777.2018.1465445
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessRestricted access (Author)
Appears in Collections:CECS - Artigos em revistas internacionais / Articles in international journals

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