Journal article

‘Dear Future Husband’: young people’s critical exploration of gender and sexuality in pop music videos

Elly Scrine

Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network | Networking Knowledge MeCCSA PGN Journal

Abstract

This study aimed to explore how young people can critically engage with music videos to explore dominant constructions of gender and sexuality. As the primary consumers of popular music and music videos, adolescents are also a group who exist in a unique sociocultural space, where both misogyny and feminism are present in their highly media-driven lives. This study used focus group workshops with young people in high school to generate qualitative data based on the participants’ discussion and interpretations of gender and sexuality in two music videos. Seven groups of young people aged 14 – 16 analysed two popular music videos and reflected particularly upon discourses of expected femininit..

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