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Books on Misogyny and Media: An Interview with Dr. Maria Marron

Book Cover of Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump
Photo Credit: Rowman & Littlefield

By Mas Biswas,
Media Diversity Forum

(June 18, 2020) - “Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump,” edited by Dr. Maria Marron, professor of journalism at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was published in December 2019.

According to Dr. Marron, this book is “a primer on what constitutes misogyny and its media representation” that includes “expanding the definition of misogyny from that of hatred of females to, at the one end, bullying and other microaggressions against women, non-hegemonic men and members of other minority groups, to, at the other, sexual assault, rape and even murder.”

Chapters in this book are organized in four Parts: Misogyny in the 21st Century; Misogyny and #MeToo; Misogyny, Media, and Religion; and Misogyny and Media: The U.S. Perspective.

Contributors to this book took an interdisciplinary approach and recognized intersectionality, such as race, socioeconomic status, political power, and religion, in their evaluation of the state of misogyny in the U.S. and in general. If you are interested to look at chapter titles and other information about this book, please visit the book’s webpage on the Rowman & Littlefield’s website.

Various chapters of this book reflect, as Dr. Marron added, “Acts of brutality against minorities, from microaggressions to murder and manslaughter, are misogynistic. Bullying and other bad behaviors perpetrated by white males (and females) against women and minorities are facilitated by the supremacy of the white patriarchy (and by those who stand to benefit from supporting it, e.g., misogynistic women).”

Media, Misogyny and International Media

Dr. Marron has also been editing another book on Media and Misogyny in the context of international media. We at the Media Diversity Forum also asked Dr. Marron to know more about how the upcoming book on Media and Misogyny is going to be different from “Media and Misogyny in the Age of Trump” and how she would like to see these two books utilized in academia.

Profile Picture of Dr. Maria Marron at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Maria Marron, Professor of Journalism at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (Photo Credit: UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communication

MDF: Why did you decide to create two volumes of this book on Media and Misogyny? What will be the focus of the second volume?

Marron: The response to the Call for Chapters was great, and I received a lot of content, much of which got carried over to the second book. There were just too many contributions to fit into one book. I decided that it was best to devote one book to an overview of misogyny and media from a theoretical/philosophical/political/feminist perspective and to devote the other book to the portrayal of misogyny in international media, i.e., media outside the United States. Given the ubiquity of misogyny, media everywhere carry misogyny-related stories.

MDF: As an editor of these books, how do you want to see them utilized in academia?

Marron: I would like to see the books used in graduate-level media/mass communication courses related to the nexus of media and gender, feminist studies, politics, philosophy, etc. The book also could be used in courses on politics, women’s studies, etc. Interestingly, one of the chapters in the already-published book discusses the need for a revision of the social contract. That chapter was prescient as activists on the front lines of the current protests about racism and law enforcement are calling for a revision to the social contract. Misogyny and the Media in the Age of Trump addresses issues critically important to the age we live in, an age of domestic and global conservative populism.