Sexual Identity on CNN's "Talk Back Live" Essay by Brandi Woods

Sexual Identity on CNN's "Talk Back Live"
This paper is a research project that evaluates the degree to which there is sexually identity communication on CNN's Town Hall style program, "Talk Back Live".
# 22754 | 2,725 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2003 in Communication (Television) , Communication (Interpersonal) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper first reviews the feminist literature on communication between and among men and women. The author in her research project asks questions about gender communication differentiation in more structured environments such as CNN's program. The author reports reviewing fourteen transcripts between October 21st and November 12th and comparing the three different types of verbal communication: Man-to-Woman, Man-to-Man, and Woman-to-Woman. This paper concludes that the study showed very limited gender biases and that the producers actively counterweighted any bias to maintain the show's image of circumspection and impartiality.

From the Paper:

"The first thing that the "Talk Back Live" transcripts revealed about gender identities was the nature of the positions played by men and women on the show. Women weren't in positions that were "inferior" to those of the men, but men were consulted by the host of the show about a number of topics considered the traditional domain of men, and vice versa. This was much more apparent than the nature of the way people were addressed by the anchors, which sounded almost pre-scripted. When the men would explain these topics, the female host would keep quiet, not asking many questions."

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