Gender in the 2016 US Presidential Election: Trump, Clinton, and Media Discourse

1st Edition

Dustin Harp

April 30, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9781138052239 - CAT# Y330921
Series: Global Gender

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Using a discourse analysis, Dustin Harp investigates media during the 2016 US presidential election to explore how traditional (patriarchal) and feminist ideas about gender played out during the campaign. The book illustrates how these two ideologies competed for space and struggled for discursive authority.

A broad range of media texts are examined and "gender moments", where gender became a dominant part of the political conversation, are identified. These include the "nasty woman" and "grab them by the pussy" comments of Donald Trump and the "woman card" played by, and against, Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, Harp reveals how binary notions of gender and stereotypical ideas of how men and women should behave, look, and sound structured the ways Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were talked about in the media. As a counterpoint, the research also shows the ways feminist ideologies worked against the sexism and misogyny which became mainstream in media discourse during the campaign.

Students and researchers of Gender Studies will find that the "gender moments" in Gender in the 2016 US Presidential Election tell a broader story about women, gender expectations, and power. They offer important and timely insights about misogyny and sexual harassment in contemporary U.S. culture and feminist resistance in a mediated public sphere.


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