Marron’s book on misogyny and the media publishedSunday, December 29, 2019 - 10:00am
"Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump," edited by Maria B. Marron, Ph.D., was published in December 2019. The book argues that the current era of conservative populism ushered in by President Donald Trump and the Republican party constitute the sociocultural and political environment that has given rise to the #MeToo movement and Fourth Wave Feminism. Marron, who authored the preface and introduction, posits that misogyny should be interpreted as going beyond harassment, sexual assault and rape to a continuum from hatred, intimidation and bullying to harassment, sexual assault, rape and even murder.
The work includes chapters by scholars across topical areas such as Misogyny in the 21st Century; Misogyny and the #MeToo Movement; Misogyny, Media and Religion; and Misogyny and the Media: A U.S. Perspective.
"Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump" argues that misogyny has increased in the United States under President Trump and that although women’s experiences under misogyny are by no means universal, patriarchal social and institutional systems facilitate gender-based hostility. Systemic misogyny and power inequities are at the root of male-on-female bullying, the bullying, and harassment of non-hegemonic males and other minorities as well as sexual harassment, rape, and even murder.
Given the prevalence of misogyny and its deep rootedness in religion, it is argued that the social contract needs to be rewritten to have a just, gender- and race-equitable society. Misogyny creates a clash of cultures between men and women, hegemonic and non-hegemonic males, feminists and INCELS, the powerful and the oppressed, natives and marginalized minorities, the conservative and the liberal/progressive.
This book explores misogyny across all media types, ranging from political and editorial cartoons to news, sport, film, television, social media (especially Twitter), and journalistic organizations that address gender inequities.
Marron is a professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She conceptualized the book, wrote the preface and introduction and accepted and edited chapters from scholars across the country. Contributors include Ellen Ahlness; Dorothy Bland; Katie Belvins; Leah Hatton Blumenfeld; Alison Fisher Bodkin; James Carviou; Pamela J. Creedon; Jessica Loyet Gracey; Jennifer A. Jackson; Hoon J. Lee; Sarah Lewington; Debra Mason; Yulia S. Medvedeva; Alison Novak; Meredith L. Purden; Judith P. Roberts; M.N. Roberts; Skye De Saint Felix; Miglena Sternadori; Wendy M. Weinhold; Lauren Wilks and Graeme Wilson.
Misogyny and Media in the Age of Trump is available from publisher Rowman & Littlefield at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793606198/Misogyny-and-Media-in-the-Age-of-Trump.