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What Women Want? A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis of UK Media Constructions of (LGBTQ+) Female Voters

Lotte Verheijen    University of Liverpool, UK    



Sexist media depictions of female politicians have been studied. However, studies regarding portrayals of female voters and their hetero/cisnormative narratives are lacking. Therefore, this study explores UK media constructions of female voters in the context of the 2016 EU Referendum and the 2017 General Election via corpus-assisted CDA. It mainly focuses on the exclusion of LGBTQ+ women as voters via hetero/cisnormative language use. Female voters tend to be depicted in relation to men, or children and a family in general, while mentions of queer women are rare. Moreover, LGBTQ+ rights chiefly feature in political discourse to further a nationalist agenda through homonationalist arguments.

keywords: CDA. Corpus Linguistics. Female Voters. LGBTQ+. Politics. Brexit. Homonationalism.

Language: en

Published: Dec. 29, 2020
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-478-3/007

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