Depiction Of Women 's Magazines

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In order to arrive at the conclusion from the present study as intended to find out the difference in depiction of women in men’s magazines from that of the women’s magazines, a method of content analysis has been adopted. This content analysis focused on the portrayals of women’s body in advertisement in six different magazines; three Men’s Magazine (Playboy, Maxim and FHM) and three Women’s Magazine (Glamour, In Style and Cosmopolitan). The purpose of this study was to determine the portrayal of women body in the advertisements of the male magazines differ from those of the females. It was also intended toward finding that the women were portrayed in different ways for different audiences. Portrayals of women in magazines (men’s and women’s) may cultivate beliefs or expectations about physical appearance, sexuality, relationships or gender roles. Previous research by Rechert and Carpenter (2004) on this topic suggested that there has been an overall increase in sexual dress in portrayals of women and intimate contact between men and women from 1983 to 2003 in ads of different types of magazines including those for men and women. If the model in the ad was nude or almost nude, she would be considered sexually dressed. Intimate contact was contact between a male and female in an ad that was suggestive of sex or sexual acts. For the sake of the current content analysis, the focus will be on the findings of the increases in sexual dress. According to the researchers, sex in

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