The double bind : Women, honour and sexuality in contemporary Ireland

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Title: The double bind : Women, honour and sexuality in contemporary Ireland
Authors: Inglis, Tom
MacKeogh, Carol
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Date: Jan-2012
Online since: 2013-12-11T10:24:36Z
Abstract: Irish women are caught in contradictory sexual discourses which create a cultural double bind. The legacy of Catholic Church teaching, in which the sexual honour of women revolves around their innocence and subservience, still lingers. This is gradually being replaced by media messages and images which portray women as sexually equal and independent. However, the media also portray sexually independent women as a threat to sexual moral order. The double bind reproduces double standards. The cultural contradictions in the way women are portrayed are revealed in an analysis of the reporting of events surrounding a court case involving the sexual assault of a woman. This analysis is put within the context of media reporting of other cases of sexually transgressive women.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Media Culture and Society
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Start page: 68
End page: 82
Copyright (published version): The Author(s) 2011
Keywords: CultureHonourIrelandMediaSexualityWomen
DOI: 10.1177/0163443711427200
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection

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