Gender Blindness on Turkish Children’s Televisions

Authors

  • Zeynep Gultekin-Akcay Sivas Cumhuriyet University (Turkey)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51698/tripodos.2021.50p57-73

Keywords:

gender blindness, children’s television, local animations, Minika GO, Minika Cocuk (Kids)

Abstract

The representation of the dominant gender-based discourse on television inevitably affects children’s perceptions of masculinity and femininity. Gender blindness, the embodiment of gender hierarchy in which gender differences are exaggerated and attributed to natural differences between men and women, is inevitably used in the media, especially in children’s broadcasting. This study aims to reveal the gender blindness in children’s television on Turkey’s only thematic children’s television stations Minika GO and Minika Cocuk’, focusing on all local productions aired in 2020. Stuart Hall’s conceptualization of representation debates and text analysis expressed as constructing the meaning world of relationships and collective culture, guided the study. The representations are conveyed to the audience through the narration of the story in the animations, the plots of the story, the presentation of male and female characters, the use of space and images. In the cartoons, the frequency of female and male characters appearing on the screen, the physical appearance of the characters, their behavioral characteristics, and the spatial presentation in the stories were searched. As a result, it is possible to say that male and female characters are depicted unequally in all the themes studied in animations resulting in gender blindness.

Author Biography

Zeynep Gultekin-Akcay, Sivas Cumhuriyet University (Turkey)

Zeynep Gultekin-Akcay (zga@cumhuriyet. edu.tr), received PhD from Ankara Gazi University, department of journalism, has been working at Sivas Cumhuriyet University since 2014. She is the author of the book titled, Ideology and Communication Symbolic Reflections of Intellectual Designs (2020, Peter Lang Publication). And also she has book chapters. One of the more recent is: The Adventures of Snow White in Turkish Cinema (eds. Chris Pallant and Christopher Holiday, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs New Perspectives on Production, Reception, Legacy- Bloomsbury Publication, 2021). Some of her recent articles are: Hybridized Children’s Plays through Screens (2018), Three Forms of the (Fair Tale of) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Brothers Grimm, Walt Disney and Ertem Göreç (2020). She is interested in children and media, television studies, gender and media issues. She lectures the courses on communication studies, current issues of the media, oral history and media at Radio Television and Cinema department.

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2021-07-01 — Updated on 2021-07-04

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Gultekin-Akcay, Z. (2021). Gender Blindness on Turkish Children’s Televisions. Tripodos, (50), 57-73. https://doi.org/10.51698/tripodos.2021.50p57-73 (Original work published July 1, 2021)

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