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Riktiga män äter kött och kvinnor äter inte alls: En kvalitativ bildanalys av omslagen på sex olika livsstilsmagasin för män respektive kvinnor.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Real men are meat eaters and women don’t eat at all : A qualitative analysis of the covers of six different lifestyle magazines for man and for woman. (English)
Abstract [en]

This study was a qualitative analysis of the covers of six lifestyle magazines, three addressed to women and three addressed to men. We have studied the cover photographs, the teasers and their relations.


The purpose of this study was to answer the questions: According to the magazines, what are male interests and what are typical female interests? Who is the ideal man and who is the ideal woman? Is there a certain way you need to look to be able to be on a magazine cover? And how often do the magazines encourage you to consume?


The study was based on thirty covers, five from each magazine. The Swedish magazines are VeckoRevyn, Amelia, Damernas Värld, King of Sweden, Café and the American version of GQ. We’ve used semiotics and rhetorical methods to analyze the material. We have studied the words in the teasers to find their connotations, we have studied the poses of the cover models and investigated their body language and counted how many times the magazines teases for something that will lead to you as reader having to buy something.


We found out that both male and female magazines use very stereotypical gender roles and they do not show any signs of changing, even though the society in general has broken free from many typical gender roles. They presented an ideal man that are very successful, handsome, well dressed, meat eating and interested in sports. He is neither black nor gay. The ideal woman is a slim, beautiful, successful, white, heterosexual woman who can joggle many things at once.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
Men’s magazines, women’s magazines, lifestyle magazines, stereotypes, ideals, cover photographs, teasers.
Keyword [sv]
Herrmagasin, kvinnomagasin, livsstilsmagasin, stereotyper, ideal, omslagsfoton, puffar.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-18702OAI: diva2:527190
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Educational program
Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-03 Created: 2012-05-18 Last updated: 2012-06-03Bibliographically approved

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