Content Analysis

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Aug 13, 2008 Content Analysis Content Analysis In many countries, general interest magazines are published for teenage girls, for instance Seventeen and Teen in the USA, and Jeune et Jolie in France, General interest teen magazines are, more often than not, meant for girls. General interest magazines for teenage boys are rare. Magazines for boys of this age group generally cover topics of special interest, e.g. computers, or are aimed at both boys and girls, such as music magazines. Magazines for teenage girls are well known for their gender stereotypic content. So what do these magazines communicate to teenage girls about gender and gender roles? What examples do they present, and what lifestyle these magazines propagate? It turned out that most articles were about fashion, beauty, food and decorating, and relationships with the opposite sex. Peirce concludes that from the non-fiction items a girl "learns that her job is to look good, find a boyfriend, and taking care of the house. Girls are described as dependent, focused on appearance and household matters, with a keen interest in boys. Second, this does not mean that all girls embrace this lifestyle as their ideal or that they uncritically accept the role forced on them. Still, avid readers of these magazines are constantly bombarded with these stereotypes. If this does not force them into a traditional role, it also does not help them to develop their own independent lifestyle because they don't always talk to friends about the content of the magazines. Appearance and relationships with the opposite sex are important topics. These topics are considered gender stereotypic, as the prevalent gender stereotype is that women are relationship oriented, emotional, and attach much importance
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