GENDER IN THE NEWS

News performs the role of the bard, disseminating myths which offer the nation a sense of imagined community.

Canadian Communications scholar Yasmin Jiwani, “Symbolic and Discursive Violence in Media Representations of Aboriginal Missing and Murdered Women” in Violence in Hostile Contexts E-book, 2009

Introduction

This module offers an introduction to feminist media studies, which is a field that examines gendered patterns of representation in entertainment and news media. In this module, we’ll examine some important and perhaps surprising statistics about violence in the Canadian context. In order to provide support to students in this class—many of whom have survived and/or witnessed gendered violence, including sexual assault—we begin with a series of presentations from the University of Alberta’s Sexual Assault Centre.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the goals of the Global Media Mapping Project and define key terms related to the project
  • Explain feminist theories of gendered violence and sexual violence
  • Describe symbolic annihilation
  • Apply intersectional analysis to representations of gendered violence in the news

Moving Forward

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