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Sex Scandals, Gender, and Power in Contemporary American Politics

Hinda Mandell

Examining how gender impacts political sex scandals in the United States, this book explains how political sex scandals contribute to the mistrust of government and identifies why these events have serious consequences for our political system.

The increasing tabloidization of politics and focus on politicians involved in sex scandals is both problematic and important. When a major political sex scandal occurs, it occupies as much as 25 percent of all news coverage in the United States. Even if people may deny it, they enjoy "consuming" and talking about political sex scandals. Written by a former journalist who has frequently explored the intersections of politics, sex, and gender in the United States, Sex Scandals, Gender, and Power in Contemporary American Politics investigates how political sex scandals contribute to the mistrust of government and why these events have great significance in our frenzied media environment.

The book makes use of comprehensive descriptive data (including statistics) to explain how political sex scandals are a representation of society's broader gender dynamics, conveying subtle messages about power and morality. It addresses the roles of men and women in political sex scandals over time, the increasing tabloidization of politics, and the often-overlooked consequences of sex scandals for the political system. Author Hinda Mandell also documents how scandals' multiple negative effects for the politicians themselves and for society include turning politics into a spectator sport, contributing to the mistrust of government, the questioning of politicians' competence and judgment as a group, and politicians' diminishing effectiveness in office.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jul 25th, 2024
  • Pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.25in - 6.12in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9798765130018
  • Categories: Public Policy - Cultural PolicyGender Studies

About the Author

Mandell, Hinda: - Hinda Mandell is assistant professor in the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA.

Praise for this book

"Mandell offers a painstakingly researched, revealing, and amusing exploration of sex scandals in U.S. politics. . . . This makes for a highly detailed and comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of sex scandals, as well of the underlying realities of power relations among men and women in politics. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." --Choice

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