What's happening on Music Television? A gender role content analysis

Rita Sommers-Flanagan, John Sommers-Flanagan, Britta Davis

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This study analyzed 40 Music Television (MTV) music videos across gender role based content categories. Videos were rated at 30-second intervals by four trained raters using a consensus model. Results included the following: (a) men appeared nearly twice as often as women; (b) men engaged in significantly more aggressive and dominant behavior; (c) women engaged in significantly more implicitly sexual and subservient behavior; and (d) women were more frequently the object of explicit, implicit, and aggressive sexual advances. Overall, MTV video content primarily included implicit sexuality, objectification, dominance, and implicit aggression. Implications of these findings with respect to sex role stereotyping and the development of negative attitudes toward women were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-753
Number of pages9
JournalSex Roles
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Jun 1993


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