STAGE 1: CLAIMSMAKINGS
Grounds and Warrants
It has been concluded through numerous studies that gender biases are imposed on children at a young age through influences such as their parents or other external stimuli; like...
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...represented more often than women and girls in both images and text. The researchers also noted that the proportion of female representation although poor across the boards was, however, higher in images for all topics and news outlets. This demonstrated that the media has a biased preference to represent women visually rather than as a news actor or source. In illustration of this, organizations like Forbes and the BBC were found to refer to men in their stories 81% of the time. Lafrance asserts some of this to the fact that the media focuses exclusively on the highest strata of occupational and social hierarchies, where women because of their “inferior” status are not given such dominant positions and therefore represented far less. And around the world things aren’t much better with only 24% of news subjects being female in 2013 (Global Media Monitoring Project).
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