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Monday, September 24, 2007

Newman. Chapter 3: Portraying Differences. Pg. 71-105. Rachel Seaton

Newman. Chapter 3: Portraying Differences. Pg. 71-105.

• Social inequalities, in regards to gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and social class are created and reinforced in everyday conversation and in the media. (p. 103)

• The importance of language in portraying perceptions of differences is found more significantly in what is not said. (p. 73)
• Through the use of gendered language, ethno racial language, sexual language and different slurs, differences are depicted. (p. 76-82)
• The use of language to conceal variation, gendered differences in linguistic style and "political correctness" also stress differences. (p. 82-86)
• The media represents gender through the use of stereotypes. Femininity is reinforced by either showing a woman as successful, or an "exhibited" woman who is a seductive sex symbol. (p. 91). Masculinity is reinforced by poking fun, which is not seen as derogatory because of the power men traditionally have. (p. 93)
• Race, ethnicity, sexuality and social class are all depicted in media generally by using their stereotypes or in television shows which segregate differences. (p. 95-101)

• To live in a society where oppression is not consistently facilitated by forces that are powerful and go unquestioned (implied)

• Not stated

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