Media Analysis Feminism Essay

1654 Words Jan 6th, 2014 7 Pages
Media Analysis

My analysis of major themes and how the media participate in the construction of attitudes about gender and sexual orientation is predicated upon 16 articles drawn from three major news sources: Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Advocate. The articles were published in the months of January, February, and March. The selection of the articles was not random; I specifically chose articles whose titles and introductions were of particular interest. The three news sources, particularly the Times and The Advocate, published many articles related to LGBT issues—typically greater than a dozen for each weekly search—from which I selected only two per week. In sifting through the 16 articles, I identified three important
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The magazine pays considerable attention to marriage rights for homosexuals, but the commentary is frequently filtered through the perspectives of male heterosexuals. Two of the articles deal primarily with marriage rights, and one is tangentially related. In all of the articles, though, the interviewees, although they may be sympathetic to the cause of marriage equality (one is not), are heterosexual males. Mayor Gavin Newsom, for example, is a staunch advocate for the LGBT community, but he is also the archetype of privilege: affluent, white, heterosexual, and male. In another article, Doug Paul, the son of evangelical Christians, questions the dogma of his parent’s church, which prompted his breaking away to found his own congregation. His approach to religion involves a ‘broader’ reading of the Bible and practical discussions about social-justice issues, including human rights and poverty. The only two people who are consulted directly in the article are Paul himself and his family’s ultra-conservative pastor, who proffers his conservative views about marriage equality and abortion. The remaining marriage equality article interviews a religious heterosexual male who claims to be ‘hurt’ by the inflammatory rhetoric about the religious right during the Prop. 8 campaign. He suggests that we all should simply calm down and engage in rational group discussions. The

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