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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Cleavage in Command: Detecting Media Sexism Against the Clinton Campaign

Sexism has a major role withing media, whether advertising the perfect housewife or being doubtful of a woman's potential, there are slight or major ways of categorizing women. The broad spectrum of sexist images, words, or descriptions creates an overall sexist feeling in today's society. Some people saw the media portraying the 2008 presidential campaign as a competitive sports game between two teams. Other people said the media simply stated the facts. In the eyes of Hillary Clinton, however, the media were a sexist force, slanting coverage in favor of her male competitor. By the last leg of Clinton's campaign in June 2008, she claimed her downfall was attributed to less coverage and sexist coverage by major networks and newspapers. Were media the cause of Clinton losing her campaign? Was their coverage biased? Did the public opinion of Clinton change as a result of the media?

Presenter: Nora Hicks (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 11:30 am (Session II)