1st Edition

Gender and Sexuality in the European Media
Exploring Different Contexts Though Conceptualisations of Age

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ISBN 9780367407346
May 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection brings together original empirical and theoretical insights into the complex set of relations which exist between age, gender, sexualities and the media in Europe.

This book investigates how engagements with media reflect people’s constructions and understandings of gender in society, as well as articulations of age in relation to gender and sexuality; the ways in which negotiations of gender and sexuality inform people’s practices with media, and not least how mediated representations may reinforce or challenge social hierarchies based in differences of gender, sexual orientation and age. In doing so, it showcases new and innovative research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory. Including contributions from both established and early career scholars across Europe, it engages with a wide range of hotly debated topics within the context of gender, sexuality and the media, informing academic, public and policy agendas.

This collection will be of interest to students and researchers in gender studies, media studies, film and television, cultural studies, sexuality, ageing, sociology, and education.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction

Sara De Vuyst, Despina Chronaki, Sergio Villanueva Baselga, Cosimo Marco Scarcelli

Part I: Young people, sexuality and gender performance: Texts and audiences

Chapter 1. Feminist YouTubers in Spain: A public space for building resistance

Iolanda Tortajada, Núria Araüna, Cilia Willem

Chapter 2. Un/fit for young viewers: LGBT+ representation in Flemish and Irish children’s television

Florian Vanlee & Páraic Kerrigan

Chapter 3. Breaking the silence. Young people, sex information and the internet in Italy and Portugal

Daniel Cardoso & Cosimo Marco Scarcelli

Chapter 4. Covid-19 pandemic and discourses of anxiety about childhood sexuality in digital spaces

Despina Chronaki

Part II: Adults, Sexuality, Gender and the media in research perspective

Chapter 5. HIV-related stigma in the European cinema: conflictive representations of a cultural trauma

Sergio Villanueva Baselga

Chapter 6. Sex Toys, Heteronormativity and Age 

Paul G. Nixon & Anja Selmer

Chapter 7. Fuelling hate: Hate speech towards women in online news websites in Albania

Emiljano Kaziaj

Chapter 8. "Tell Me How Old I Am": Cinema, Pedagogy, Adults and Underage Trans Folks

Magalí Daniela Pérez Riedel & Pablo Ariel Scharagrodsky


Part III: Elderly have a voice (?): Sexuality, Gender and the media across texts and audiences 

Chapter 9. The invisible aged femininities in popular culture: representational strategies deconstructed

Sophie van Bauwel

Chapter 10. Old dirty pops and young hot chicks’: Age differences in pornographic fantasies

Susanna Paasonen

Chapter 11. Hustling and Ageism in the Films Eastern Boys and Brüder der Nacht

Antonio A. Caballero-Gálvez & María Porras-Sánchez

Chapter 12. Ageing women on screen: disgust, disdain and the Time’s Up pushback

Karen Ross

Chapter 13. No Country for Old Men? Representation of Aging Body in Contemporary Pornography

Federico Zecca

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Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, PhD, Assistant Professor at department FISPPA at the University of Padua. His research interests deal with digital media with a focus on young people, intimacy, gender, sexuality, digital literacy and media education. He is chair of the Gender and Communication section of ECREA.


Despina Chronaki (Dr), adjunct lecturer at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Hellenic Open University (MA in Journalism Studies). Her research focuses on audiences of popular culture, children’s experiences with media, ethics and porn studies.


Sara De Vuyst, postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Languages and Cultures at Ghent University. Her research interests are feminist media studies, issues of gender, sexuality and ageing, and gender inequality in journalism. She is vice-chair of the ECREA Gender and Communication section.

Sergio Villanueva Baselga, Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona. His research focuses on the relationship between media and health identities, stigma and resilience, considering that media, film and culture are part of the social determinants of health. He has published in high-ranking journals.