GENDER, RACE, AND MEDIA REPRESENTATION
Author(s): Dwight E. Brooks and Lisa P. Hébert
The main purpose of this article is the author tried to demonstrate how the media frame our social
identities and perspectives on different culture, race and gender. Also, the representation of race and
gender from different perspective are being social constructed by the media and media are the
central to what come to represent our social realities right now.
The key question that the author is how does the media frame our social identities? How those
representations from the media socially constructed our lives and based on what factors? What is the
dentition of media in different ethnic group? How does media work based on different factors?
The most important information in this article is the author uses scholars’ examples (e.g. Wallace &
hooks on Spike Lee’s work), movie and TV shows example, different research result (e.g. Lee and
Cho (2003)) and critical race theory, magazine and particular races and gender topic to support his
The main conclusions in this article are there is not only one way to look at the media. In fact, media
does not only happen in one group in society but happens into a mixture of groups in the society. The
issue on how media socially constructed our lives, especially the perspective on how we perceive
culture, race and gender, will constantly continue to happen and it is an ongoing issue. It is important
for us to see how the idea of media constructed happen in our society.
The key concept(s):
Feminism: we see feminism tend to have privilege gender and white women over other social
categories of experience, a multidisciplinary approach to social analysis that emphasizes gender as a
major structuring component of