1st Edition

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

    232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    Editors’ introduction

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

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

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

    Núria Araüna, Iolanda Tortajada & 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. Build it and they will come: 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. 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? Representations of ageing body in contemporary pornography

    Federico Zecca


    Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, PhD, is Assistant Professor at FISPPA, 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) is 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 is Postdoctoral Researcher in 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 and currently working on the LiLI project that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 851666).

    Sergio Villanueva Baselga is 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 is vice-chair of the Film Studies section of ECREA.