المساواة و اللامساواة بين الجنسين في الصحافة و الإعلام - Video Lectures

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Week 1

Karen Ross

Overview: Issues in gender and representation

Karen Ross introduces the topic of gender representation in the news by first exploring the history of research on the field of “symbolic annihilation” of women. She shows how the marginalisation of women in media is a global phenomenon and how some outlets started to react by supporting diversity. Based on that Ross also explains the more recent approach of intersectionality.

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Norms and stereotypes

Karen Ross guides through the international structure of research on gender inequality, starting from the World Conferences on Women. A central aspect is the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), which findings are surprisingly similar for the whole globe. Ross explains the central aspect of women being much more objectified content of news stories rather than producing them themselves.

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Who is allowed to speak

In this video Karen Ross addresses the correlation between the under-representation of women and the predominant position of men in regard to being interviewed or asked for personal opinions. By examining this unequal distribution of privileges, she explains why news are rather “constructed” than “just happening”.

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It is not just about numbers

While further exploring the differing patterns of representation Karen Ross turns to the aspect of how news stories are told and what aspects they focus on. She shows how content correlates with stereotypes and how they are used to perpetuate sexist ideas about concepts of women, how they should look or behave.

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Why do we get what we get

In this last video Karen Ross draws a preliminary conclusion, after which some aspects like visibility of women in media have improved, while the basic problems still remain – as manifested for instance in the fact that female journalists tend to be reporting on lifestyle or fashion rather than politics, economy or sports, which are traditional subject to male news coverage.

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