Gender and media: Historical, temporal and contemporary trends

Our Special Issue 9.2 on Gender and Media is online now.

The Special Issue is divided into two sections. The first one includes work that features a historical or a temporal dimension in its analysis of gender and media and that explores how shifts and transformations may affect practices of production and gender representation. There is a particular attention for work that examines how journalism has both furthered and hampered sociocultural and political change for people who are not white, heterosexual and male. As this issue demonstrates, shifts and transformations do not automatically imply progression and emancipation. These articles, above all, demonstrate the need for gender and media scholars to keep a close watch on practices and processes in media and popular culture, reveal and understand the sociocultural implications for how gender and sexuality are shaped and experienced in and through media.

Articles in this section:
Same-sex love in times of Dutroux: The articulation of homosexuality with child abuse in late 1990s’ Flemish print media
Authors:  Florian Vanlee And  Sofie Van Bauwel And Frederik Dhaenens

From bullfighter’s lover to female matador: The evolution of Madonna’s gender displays in her music videos

Authors:  Iolanda Tortajada And  Núria Araüna And Cilia Willem

Authors:  Sara de Vuyst

The second section engages in the weighty debate of the possibilities created by the democratization of content production enabled by digital media and social networks. Specifically, this issue proposes insights into the ways in which young people use these new communication tools for solidarity actions and produce potentially transformative outputs in gender terms. Thus, some emphasis is placed on activists and their resistance to stereotypes. At the same time, we would not like to understate how so-called ‘new media’ reproduce former inequalities or enable new forms of oppression – neither can be isolated from offline experiences and traditional media – and some of the articles will delve into these matters.

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