Title: Women, power, and photography in The New York Times Magazine
Journal / Publication: Journal of Communication Inquiry
Pages: 274 – 290
Authors: Sultze, Kimberly
This case study is a cultural analysis of The New York Times Magazine 2001 special photography issue on women and power. Drawing from semiotic and feminist theories and critical frameworks, the author analyzes the magazine’s treatment of the topic of gender and power, and compares it to existing concerns about stereotyped portrayals of women in mass media. The author argues that significant factors are prohibiting the magazine’s treatment of the topic from being a significantly new or reconfigured vision: tensions between the magazine’s editorial and advertising content, as well as a recurring emphasis on the importance of physical attractiveness and passivity, even for powerful women. In light of these findings, the author considers existing critical perspectives on how restricted depictions of women might begin to be changed.
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