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Gender, Sexuality and the Media

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Helen Ringrow (University of Portsmouth) explores issues of gender and sexuality in media texts. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to some of the issues we'll be discussing in the rest of the course, including what we mean when we talk about 'the media', and the fact that the media must always provide a 'biased' picture. In the second module, we think about cosmetics advertising, with a focus on the underlying assumptions around gender and bodies. In the third module, we think about the construction of identity in motherhood blogs and 'modest fashion' blogs within a particular community in the United States, before turning in the fourth module to the language of parenthood, in particular how fathers are represented in parenting magazines. Finally, in the fifth module, we think about the representation of gender in fictional media, with a focus on the evolution of the Disney Princess from Snow White (1937) to Frozen (2013).

About the Lecturer

Dr Helen Ringrow is Lecturer in the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics and the University of Portsmouth. Her current research looks at the connections between language, gender, and religion in online contexts. Her most recent project looks at metaphors of the female body in motherhood and modest fashion blogs.

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