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Masculinity, Media, and the American Presidency

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Masculinity, Media, and the American Presidency by Conroy, Meredith, 9781137456441
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  • ISBN: 9781137456441 | 1137456442
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/17/2015
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Conceptions of political leadership in the United States value qualities considered traditionally masculine and largely reject qualities that are considered feminine. To what extent does the media play a role in the maintenance of this gender hierarchy, where masculinity is the norm—and preference—in American politics? Meredith Conroy's analysis of presidential election media coverage finds that the media often uses gender conflict framing to create narratives in which a more masculine candidate is in conflict with a more feminine candidate, regardless of a candidate's sex. Furthermore, she finds this discourse maintains a preference for traits associated with masculinity in US politics.

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