Female gender representation in selected South African magazines

Reading & Writing

Field Value
Title Female gender representation in selected South African magazines
Creator Shabangu, Nonkululeko N. Rossouw, Sandra Smith, Cornelia G.
Subject Education and languages gender; presentation, South African magazines; reception aesthetics; feminism
Description Background: There has been an increase in the number of women’s magazines in South Africa, which also contributes to the country’s economic growth and development.Objective: Magazines serve as a source of entertainment and information and they cater for readers interested in learning more about what features in society and even globally, which underscores the importance of quality and gender-sensitive material. The portrayal of females in magazines surfaced as a source of interest in the light of women’s liberation and gender equity.Method/Results: The purpose of this study was to explore the language and content of selected South African women’s magazines. The objectives were to determine how language and content are used to represent females in selected South African women’s magazines; and determine the professional editors’, journalists’ and readers’ perceptions of the representation of females in the selected English women’s magazines.Conclusion: A qualitative case study design was used, and semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect data from the selected participants. The corpus spanned three professional journalists and nine readers, including seven females and five males, purposefully selected, who participated. The data collected through interviews were analysed and thematically discussed. Readers’ reception aesthetics were used, in conjunction with feminist literary criticism, as theoretical lenses.Contribution: The study found that sexualisation and objectification continue especially in advertisements, but that much progress has been made in magazines to represent women as powerful and significant.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2022-09-21
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v13i1.385
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 13, No 1 (2022); 9 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — Age , gender and ethnicity
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Nonkululeko N. Shabangu, Sandra Rossouw, Cornelia G. Smith https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0