Discussion Questions

  1. What accounts for the persistence of the gender-wage gap? Who continues to benefit from its existence? Who continues to suffer? Do you see this trend going away anytime soon? Why, or why not?

  2. How might image portrayals of women in the media lead to gender stereotyping? How might this be influenced by the large number of male executives in media companies today? How does this trend serve to perpetuate hegemonic understandings of gender and, more specifically, masculinity? Give examples.

  3. Do you believe that sexuality is dichotomous—in other words, there are only heterosexuals and homosexuals? Or does human sexuality exist on a spectrum, where a human can be part homosexual and part heterosexual? Explain.