Tag: representations

  • Representing Gender Diversity – The New Netflix Norm…?

    Small confession…. I’ve had way too many Netflix binge sessions over the last year, and one thing I’ve noticed is that most of the Netflix shows have a wider range of representations of gender than I’m used to seeing on the BBC. In fact practically every series features pretty major characters who are gay, bisexual…

  • The Incredible Sexism of James Bond

    I’ve been watching a few of the old James Bond movies since they’ve been on ITV recently. A few weeks ago I watched ‘Live and Let Die’ which was the first outing for Roger Moore, and originally aired in 1973, my birth year! Besides being surprised that I didn’t remember most of it (I thought…

  • Representations of men in the media

    This post focuses on traditional representations of men as reinforcing aspects of hegemonic masculinity before considering some of the changes to male representations in more recent years. Traditional representations of men reinforce hegemonic masculinity Traditional representations of men have ascribed certain attributes to male characters such as strength, power, control, authority, rationality and lack of…

  • Applying material from Item B and your knowledge, evaluate the view that the media portray women in a stereotypical way [20 marks]

    An essay plan covering some of the knowledge and evaluation points you could use to answer this question for AQA A-level sociology paper two: the media option. You might like to review this post on how women are represented in the media before going through the plan below. The item refers to three main types…

  • Media representations of social class

    How are different social classes represented in the mainstream media?  This post looks at how the monarchy, the wealthy, the middle classes, working classes and benefits claimaints (‘the underclass’) are represented, focusing mainly on British television and newspaper coverage. Generally speaking the ‘lower’ the social class, the more negative the media representations are, arguably because…

  • Media representations of benefits claimants

    In this post I summarize some recent sociological research which suggests newspapers and ‘reality T.V. shows represent benefits claimants in a limited range of stereotypical ways, focusing on them as lazy, undeserving scroungers engaged in immoral, wreckless and criminal behaviour. A lot of the research below also reminds us that media representations in no way…

  • Gender Norms and Stereotypes – A Visual Representation

    Men are simple and straightforward: they just want quick sex with porn-star lookalikes, exaggerate the number  of sexual partners they have to gain status and need women to give them space to get on with the important matters of  football, beer and sleeping. Women are more complex. They prefer wining, dining and love-making, feel the need…