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Adolescent Sexuality and Gender Discourses in Seventeen, Cosmo Girl, and Teen: A Frame Analysis of Online Teen Magazines

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Adolescent Sexuality and Gender Discourses in Seventeen, Cosmo Girl, and Teen: A Frame Analysis of Online Teen Magazines

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dc.contributor.author Zaragoza, Krystal Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T16:20:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T16:20:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-03
dc.date.submitted May 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20801
dc.description.abstract This research examines the role of online teen magazines in the production of gender ideologies by analyzing the representation of teenage sexuality from a critical perspective. Informed by theories of representation, citationality, and ideology, I used Pan & Kosicki’s frame analysis to analyze three online teen magazines including Cosmo Girl, Seventeen, and Teen, focusing on 251 articles centered on adolescent sexuality. Each article was coded for the thematic, rhetorical, syntactic, and script structures, and categorized based on salient elements. After the articles were analyzed, the three online teen magazines constructed a discourse on sexuality through a common dominant frame: sexuality as a function of a romantic relationship between a boy and girl. This heteronormative ideology also revealed an imbalanced portrayal of gender roles concerning sexual health, leaving much to be desired for helpful information regarding prevention and protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases as a sexually active adolescent. In addition, males were perceived as aggressors in romantic relationships, reinforcing a subordinate position for females.   en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject adolescent, sexuality, teen magazine, online, critical, frame analysis, heteronormativity, representation, citationality, ideology, gender en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teenagers -- Sexual behavior
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role
dc.subject.lcsh Mass media and teenage girls
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage girls -- Periodicals
dc.title Adolescent Sexuality and Gender Discourses in Seventeen, Cosmo Girl, and Teen: A Frame Analysis of Online Teen Magazines en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Communication en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Communication and Journalism en_US
dc.description.advisor Rodriguez, Ilia
dc.description.committee-member Cramer, Janet
dc.description.committee-member Strasburger, Victor


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