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A woman's place : male representations of university women in the student press of the University of Liverpool 1944-1979.

Aiston, S. J. (2006) 'A woman's place : male representations of university women in the student press of the University of Liverpool 1944-1979.', Women's history review., 15 (1). pp. 3-34.

Abstract

Deciphering the manner in which women have been, and continue to be, represented in society is an integral element of a feminist critique. This article explores male representations of university women as presented in the student press of the University of Liverpool between 1944 and 1979. It is suggested that university women were represented as ‘other’ and stereotyped in a negative manner in the years 1944 to 1959. Furthermore, they were presented as unattractive, unwelcome, and in most cases at university to find a husband. The years 1960 to 1979 signified a shift with regard to the representation of university women; however, continuity with the earlier period was retained in the visual imagery of female students and the way in which ‘careers’ were presented as distinctly male. University women remained part of the ‘male gaze’ and were, ultimately judged on the basis of their sexual attractiveness to the derision of their intellectual abilities.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:
Keywords:Visual image, Stereotype, Sexism.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612020500440838
Record Created:19 Feb 2008
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 16:26

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