Gender and the Media
1. Why does Jiwani argue that news stories about “honour killings” get more media attention than stories about domestic violence?
Answer: News stories about “honour killings” get more media attention than stories about domestic violence because stories about “honor killings” conform to stereotypes of particular communities as exotic and deviant. (p. 330)
2. Does Jiwani hold the Taliban solely responsible for women’s sufferings in Afghanistan?
Answer: No; Jiwani says that many of the conditions disadvantaging Afghan women were in place before the Taliban came to power. (p. 331)
3. How did the American government use the plight of Afghan women, according to Jiwani?
Answer: The American government used the plight of Afghan women to revive support for American military interventions in Afghanistan. (p. 330)
4. What image has been most often used by the North American media to suggest that Afghan women are becoming liberated?
Answer: The image most often used by the North American media to suggest that Afghan women are becoming liberated is the discarding of the veil or burqa. (p. 332)
5. What two sources does Jacques identify as the origins of the riot grrrl movement?
Answer: Jacques identifies the punk music scene and second-wave feminism as the origins of the riot grrrl movement. (p. 339)
6. What is the “reach-out/sell-out” dilemma?
Answer: The “reach-out/sell-out” dilemma is the choice between being more accessible to the mainstream media and diluting the riot grrrl message, or remaining less accessible and getting the word out to potential supporters. (p. 340)
7. Why does Jacques argue that the t-shirts created by riot grrrls were different from the mas-marketed baby tees with riot grrrl slogans that appeared in stores?
Answer: Jacques argues that the act of marking up one’s own t-shirt (or body) was an act of resistance to consumer culture, unlike the passive act of purchasing a product. (p. 341)
8. What is “nation-branding,” according to Jackson?
Answer: “Nation-branding” is an advertising strategy which mobilizes elements of national identity or collective identity to sell a product. (p. 343)
9. Why does “the rant” depend on the idea of difference, according to Jackson?
Answer: “The rant” defines Canadian identity in terms of its difference from Americans. (p. 346)
10. What are “beer moments,” according to the advertising director quoted by Jackson?
Answer: “Beer moments” are highly gendered or masculinized spaces where men can celebrate being men, such as sports occasions. (pp. 348–349)
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