Title: Sexism on display: The image of women politicians through the prism of journalistic discourse


Vol. 10(3), 2022, pp. 30-50.



Author: Silvana Neshkovska

About the author: Dr. Silvana Neshkovska is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education – Bitola, St. Kliment Ohridski University – Bitola. She teaches a number of courses in English linguistics such as Syntax, Pragmatics, Contrastive Analysis and Phonetics and Phonology as well as Translation, at the Department of Macedonian and Other Foreign Languages. Her main research interests lie in the field of pragmatics, contrastive analysis, English language teaching and translation. She has published a number of research paper in various domestic and foreign scientific journals (e.g. Lodz Papers of Pragmatics; Acta Neophilologica; Respectus Philologicus; Linguistics, Culture and Identity in Foreign Language Education; Teacher International Journal (IJET), Studies in Linguistics, Culture, and FLT; International Journal of Language and Linguistics (IJLL), International Journal of Applied Language Studies and Culture, Thesis International Research Journal, etc.).




Citation (APA style): Neshkovska, S. (2022). Sexism on display: The image of women politicians through the prism of journalistic discourse. Studies in Linguistics, Culture, and FLT, 10(3), 30-50.





Abstract: From 1960s onwards sexist language intended to denigrate, objectify and trivialize women has been seriously exposed internationally and huge efforts were made to replace it with gender-neutral language. However, to date, sexism has not been fully suppressed and it is especially conspicuous in relation to women who assume active roles in public life.

This study has both qualitative and quantitative design and looks into the presence of overt and implicit sexism (as categorized by Mills, 2008) in journalistic discourse and the role of sexist language in molding the image of modern day women politicians. For the purposes of this study, we conduct a critical discourse analysis of a corpus of 40 news articles published on various online news portals and electronic platforms of traditional media. All analyzed articles comment on the political statements and actions of two Macedonian female politicians currently in office – the Minister of Defense and the Mayor of the city of Skopje.

The findings suggest that Macedonian journalistic discourse, under the pretext that politicians’ dealings need to be monitored closely, scrutinized and even criticized, still leaves the door slightly open for both overt and implicit sexist linguistic forms, which, in turn, depicts female politicians as ill-suited for this type of professional occupation.

Key words: sexism, women politicians, journalistic discourse




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