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Gender in The Simpsons
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine how gender is depicted in The Simpsons in terms of language, female and male activities and the plot. Four episodes of equal length of the sitcom series were selected. They were released within a limited period of time. Six features were selected for analysis: names, adjectives, occupations, verbs, representation and gender roles. It was found that the female characters are more likely than male characters to have a shortened name and more likely to be described by physical appearance. Male characters tend to have prestigious jobs and be closely connected to their professions. Verbs describing male work are common, whereas no verbs describing female work were found. There are far more men than women represented in The Simpsons. Also, the four episodes mainly offer traditional gender roles, where women are pictured as less able than men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Gender, gender in television, The Simpsons, TV sitcoms, occupations, verbs, names, adjectives
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-54726ISRN: LTU-CUPP--09/287--SELocal ID: ba788ced-f0f3-4bfc-a201-2885112fd01bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-54726DiVA: diva2:1028108
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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English, bachelor's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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