Award Date

12-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Journalism and Media Studies

First Committee Member

Gregory Borchard

Second Committee Member

Daniel Stout

Third Committee Member

Lawrence Mullen

Fourth Committee Member

Patrick Clark

Number of Pages

89

Abstract

Through a content analysis of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" issue, formerly titled "Man of the Year," this thesis examines how the news magazine has reevaluated and revised the once gender suggestive title to a more inclusive title in correlation to the portrayal of women featured on the covers from both past and present. This thesis also provides background on the feminist theory in order to put into perspective the professional and intellectual growth of women throughout the decades. The supporting literature contextualizes the findings with reference to other mainstream magazines and the portrayal of women versus men featured on the covers. Findings support that the dominant ideology of white wealthy men is a consistent pattern throughout the covers. It also concludes that Time's change in its title designation from "Man of the Year" to "Person of the Year" was largely symbolic and reflects no departure from the magazine's 83-year history of this annual issue.

Keywords

Feminism; Gender ideology; Gender inequality; Gender stereotype; Magazine covers; Portrayal of women in media; Sex discrimination; Stereotypes (Social psychology) in mass media; Time; Women and magazine covers; Women in mass media

Disciplines

Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Mass Communication | Women's Studies

Language

English


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