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dc.contributor.advisorYoung, Stephanie L.
dc.contributor.advisorHoward, Leigh Anne
dc.contributor.advisorGilles, Erin E.
dc.contributor.authorWelcher, Jessica Gerlach
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-09T18:13:42Z
dc.date.available2019-12-09T18:13:42Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12419/317
dc.descriptionThesis available in Rice Library University Archives and Special Collection.
dc.description.abstractIn 2014, pop singer Kesha filed a lawsuit against her long-time music producer Dr. Luke. In it were allegations of sexual assault, forced drug use, and emotional abuse. What followed was extensive mass media coverage from a variety of publication outlets. Kesha's story was desirable for numerous reasons including the drama of assault, the celebrity status of both parties, and the legal ramifications of her contract. A feminist critical discourse analysis was applied to media coverage of the case. Three themes of sexual assault were identified: (1) femininity as weakness. (2) masculinity as power, and (3) failed resistance to patriarchy. Through exploration of these themes in both language and imagery, this thesis highlights the reinforcement of harmful sexual assault tropes and patriarchal standards continually perpetuated by media and popular culture, creating hostile environments for sexual assault victims to disclose information.
dc.subjectsexual assault
dc.subjectfeminist
dc.subjectpatriarchy
dc.subjectfeminist critical discourse
dc.subjectvirgin/whore dichotomy
dc.subjectkesha
dc.subjectDr. Luke
dc.titleKesha, sexual assault, and media coverage : a feminist discourse analysis
html.description.abstractIn 2014, pop singer Kesha filed a lawsuit against her long-time music producer Dr. Luke. In it were allegations of sexual assault, forced drug use, and emotional abuse. What followed was extensive mass media coverage from a variety of publication outlets. Kesha's story was desirable for numerous reasons including the drama of assault, the celebrity status of both parties, and the legal ramifications of her contract. A feminist critical discourse analysis was applied to media coverage of the case. Three themes of sexual assault were identified: (1) femininity as weakness. (2) masculinity as power, and (3) failed resistance to patriarchy. Through exploration of these themes in both language and imagery, this thesis highlights the reinforcement of harmful sexual assault tropes and patriarchal standards continually perpetuated by media and popular culture, creating hostile environments for sexual assault victims to disclose information.
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Arts in Communications
dc.typeThesis (M.A.)--University of Southern Indiana, 2017


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