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Title
Guess who Tiger is having sex with now? Celebrity sex and the framing of the moral high ground
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Abstract
For media and audiences fascinated with celebrities private lives, insight into their sexual behaviour is the ultimate pleasure as it deals with the most intimate details, the real behind the celebrity construct. A celebritys sex life is not just food for gossip but may facilitate the articulation of moral, ethical and social views on sexual issues in contemporary society. This is analysed by means of a framing analysis of celebrity sex stories and audience reactions in a sample of three celebrity websites (Flemish HLN, British Heat, and American People). Results reveal that media and readers focus on only a few, highly scandalous stories of married heterosexual mens adultery.While media in their framing of celebrity news refrain from explicit judgments, readers are eager to openly criticise celebrities adulterous transgressions while taking the moral high ground. Focusing on adultery, seven frames relating to different views in society were found, presenting adultery in either sociological, biological, psychological or religious terms. Only the womens fault frame supports the sexual double standard, claiming women are responsible for a mans adultery.1
Language
English
Source (journal)
Celebrity studies
Publication
2013
Volume/pages
4:1(2013), p. 46-57
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 08.03.2013
Last edited 02.10.2015
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