Spiller køn en rolle? Mediernes beskrivelser af kvindelige politikere - i det særlige tilfælde Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Iben Munk Mortensen & Lise Frank

Studenteropgave: Speciale


ENGLISH RESUME Concentrating on keywords such as 'gender', 'media' and 'framing' and motivated by the extensive negative media coverage of Denmark's first female Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, we ask the question: In which ways does gender influence the Danish media coverage of female politicians? The analysis of this thesis is based on material from six national newspapers in the years 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012. The intent is to gather articles, wherein Helle Thorning-Schmidt has been the center of media attention. Therefor we've chosen the periods of time, when she took on the leadership of Socialdemokratiet, when she lost the election to Anders Fogh, when she won the election and a year after that. By relying on feminist constructivists' theories about gender and sex as cultural shared beliefs, and on studies of the media's coverage of various influential female politicians, we propound five distinct templates, from where the media typically draw their descriptions of female politicians. We call these templates 'the housewife', 'the sexual object', 'the victim', 'the emotional woman' and 'the masculine woman'. These templates guide the analysis. With 'framing' as the main analytical tool, we examine how the Danish media is influenced by gender stereotypes, rooted in traditional understandings of femininity, in describing Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 feb. 2013
VejledereHanne Jørndrup


  • Medier/Media
  • Køn/Gender