Men and women scientists: gender releases in the two main Brazilian TV channels

Abstract

In this study, we analysed the representation of scientists in the two main Brazilian TV channels in daily broadcasting: TV Globo and TV Record. We selected two constructed weeks, representatives of six months of the year 2013, aiming to identify pieces bringing the image of the scientists. We watched 672 hours and identified scientists in 0.8% of these hours. There was a higher presence of man scientists than women. TV Globo, the audience leader, gave more space to scientists. Men scientists were more represent in entertainment programs and women in advertisements. We observed that it was highlighted the stereotype of the scientist broadcast by the Brazilian television, with a predominance of males, in white coats and working in laboratory.

Key words
Science in TV; Scientists’ images; Brazilian TV; TV Globo; TV Record

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