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ERIC Number: EJ950811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Killing Us Softly? Investigating Portrayals of Women and Men in Contemporary Magazine Advertisements
Conley, Terri D.; Ramsey, Laura R.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v35 n3 p469-478 Sep 2011
Our research aimed to systematically investigate how women and men are portrayed in magazine advertisements, deriving hypotheses from Jean Kilbourne's observed media analysis presented in her "Killing Us Softly" film series. A total of 790 advertisements in 19 magazines were coded. Results revealed support for many of Kilbourne's hypotheses. For example, compared to men, women were portrayed as more flawless, passive, and dismembered, particularly in women's fashion and men's magazines. Other hypotheses from Kilbourne's analysis were not supported; for example, there were no differences in the portrayal of female versus male models in defensive stances, as childlike, in bondage, or transforming into an object. These findings have implications for the readers of these magazines as well as instructors who use the "Killing Us Softly" film series in their courses. " Additional online materials for this article are available to PWQ subscribers on PWQ's website at" (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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