Media Representations of Gender
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The paper examines three readings on the media representations of gender in terms of the shooting at Columbine High School, the murder of Reena Virk, and the representation of "normalcy" as opposed to the physical "abnormality" created by cancer. The paper first critiques the article by M. Consalvo, entitled "The Monsters Next Door: Media Constructions of Boys and Masculinity," and compares media representations of the events, masculinity, and how the two compare to explicate the tragic events at Columbine High School. Next, the paper examines the article, "Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk" by Y. Jiwani that, in this author's opinion, provides a much more accurate view of the lack of objectivity and fairness provided by the news media in terms of murder and the roles of racism and sexism in violent events. Finally, the paper reviews K. Kendrick's work "'Normalizing' Female Cancer Patients: Look Good, Feel Better and Other Image Programs," and highlights how the media tends to distort facts, events, and representations, especially as these relate to gender and racial differences.
From the Paper:"The article by M. Consalvo (2003), "The Monsters Next Door: Media Constructions of Boys and Masculinity," compare media representations of the events, masculinity, and how the two compare to explicate the tragic events at Columbine High School. The reading provides for a number of contributing factors, including the fact that the school system in combination with the media tend to depict violence as not only masculine, but also desirable. This in turn combines with the general presentation of the heterosexual white male as powerful, violent, and the epitome of masculinity in Western society.
"The author then places the two boys who perpetrated the violence in juxtaposition of this media representation as a possible explanation for their devastating actions. The article therefore appears to suggest that, as a result of factors beyond their control, and as a result of being driven by violence against themselves, the outcome of the situation has a certain inherent logic.
"One thing in the article that however does not appear to make great sense in the context of the central theme is the focus on news items, and the author's apparent faith that such items can serve as useful representations of violence to help the researcher understand the phenomenon in society."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Consalvo, M. (2003). The Monsters Next Door: Media Constructions of Boys and Masculinity. Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 3, No. 1.
- Jiwani, Y. Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/download/.../1932SimilarYou
- Kendrick, K. (2008). 'Normalizing' female cancer patients: Look good, feel better and other image programs. Disability & Society, Vol. 23, No. 3, May.
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