Magazine editors, objectivity and neutrality

SOURCE: Gender & Media Diversity Journal
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2007
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Sanger
KEYWORDS: EDITORS, GENDER EQUALITY, MAGAZINES, MEDIA SECTOR, OBJECTIVITY
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 4825

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Abstract

This paper explores notions of objectivity, neutrality and the 'political' in the views of South African magazine editors, and how these views relate to their representations of gender and sexuality. It argues, from a feminist poststructuralist position, that the insistence on the objectivity and neutrality of their publications is in sharp contrast to the ways in which a political position is taken in presenting gender and sexuality in binaristic and unequal terms within the pages of the magazines. The presentation of women and homosexuals in these magazines as 'other' exotic erases any claim of objectivity and neutrality.