The Lessons Will Be Televised: Examining Television Portrayals of Sexual Consequences by Gender

Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, Brandon Miller, Bradley J. Bond, Lindsay Roberts

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Abstract

This study examined the sexual double standard in the portrayal of sexual consequences on television. A content analysis of television programs nominated for Teen Choice Awards from 2012 to 2015 revealed that female characters received more negative sexual consequences than male characters, but there was no gender difference in who received positive sexual consequences. The gendered distribution of negative sexual consequences was qualified by age of the casts in the television programs. Negative sexual consequences were significantly more likely to be experienced by female characters than male characters within shows that primarily featured teens, thus reinforcing a discourse of sexual risk and danger for teen girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-192
Number of pages21
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume100
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • content analysis
  • gender
  • sexual consequences
  • sexual double standard
  • social cognitive theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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