alexa Caught Between East and West? Portrayals of Gender in Bulgarian Television Advertisements
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Elza Ibroscheva

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This study conducted a content analysis of Bulgarian television advertisements in 2004 to examine the prevailing portrayals of gender in the media environment of the postcommunist, consumer-based Bulgarian society. The study addressed the research questions of how gender was depicted in Bulgarian advertising and what possible social implications these gender portrayals can be for explaining gender relations in postcommunist societies. In examining a sample of 127 ads, the study found that content was highly stereotyped, portraying women in depending roles and in sexually suggestive appearance, similar to results from other European studies. Observations are made about the differences between the current study and previous sex roles studies, recognizing the specific cultural environment in Bulgaria.

This article was published in Sex Roles and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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