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2014 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 6843 words || 
1. Laschever, Eulalie. "The Perpetuation of Gender Inequality: The Gendering of Political Discourse in Partisan New Media" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 15, 2014 Online <PDF>. 2019-11-21 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Online political commentary blogs are new sphere for public political debate and some have speculated that they might offer greater access to previously excluded voices. However, it is unclear whether political blogs truly offer greater political opportunities and access for women. Furthermore, most existing work has treated online political blogs as a homogenous field, ignoring how gender distribution and presentation might vary by blog structure or blog ideology. I analyze original data collected from posts discussing the Tea Party Movement on 20 elite political blogs and five major national newspapers on April 15th-17th 2009. The 649 blogs posts and 17 newspaper articles show that men and women employ different discursive styles when blogging and that gender inequalities are perpetuated. First, women are significantly underrepresented as authors of blog posts. This discrepancy exists across blog ideology and structure, but it is not evenly distributed. Second, I found that feminine-type discourse, as commonly defined by socio-linguists, was almost completely absent from all blog posts, regardless of a blog’s ideology or structure or an author’s gender. However, other discursive differences existed. Posts authored by women were significantly longer and included significantly more pictures. Third, the presentation of gender also differed by blog ideology and structure, with gender ambiguity more common in posts on liberal blogs and Community blogs. Finally, posts authored by men received significantly more comments than those authored by women, meaning that men received higher rewards for their blogging efforts.

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