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Top or Bottom?: An Analysis on the Gender Power Relations in Selected Filipino Celebrity Sex Scandals and their Respective TV News Reports

Abstract: Hidalgo, E.S. (2017). Top or Bottom?: An Analysis on the Gender Power Relations in Selected Filipino Celebrity Sex Scandals and their Respective TV News Reports, Unpublished Bachelor’s Thesis, University of the Philippines Diliman College of Mass Communication.

This study examines the power relations and gender struggle embedded in mediated celebrity sex scandals, and in their respective TV news reports. It specifically zooms into the Philippine context and looks closely at how local male celebrities, through their selected sex scandals, propagate gender struggle and machismo, and how these are further perpetuated by news reportage in local media.

This study focuses on the sex scandals of Wally Bayola, Paolo Bediones, Hayden Kho and Chito Miranda. The research employs genre analysis in looking at the videos of the celebrity sex scandals as text. It uses Altman’s approaches in genre analysis as its framework to analyze celebrity sex scandals as a genre, and to be able to identify the images that portray gender power relations. Guided by critical discourse analysis, the study then connects these images to how reportage in national news further propagates the concept of machismo.

Keywords: celebrity sex scandals, TV news reports, genre analysis, CDA, gender power relations

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