Sex, Lies and Politics: Gay Politicians in the Press

Sex, Lies and Politics: Gay Politicians in the Press

by Donna Smith


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This book provides a much-needed analysis of the changing representation of gay politicians in the UK's newspapers. The book focuses on the 1950s onwards, a time when the press became more personal, and gay politicians, as well as politicians involved in gay scandals, came to the forefront of media attention. The book uses case studies and socio-political analysis to develop a frame of representation which shows how a move from intolerance to tolerance to partial recognition of homosexuality has impacted the acceptability of homosexuality in 'heterosexual public space,' which then affected the representation of gay politicians in the press. What was private has now become public, pointing to the fact that gay politicians have mediated personas: their private lives, and sexualities, are lived in/presented through the media. Sex, Lies and Politics reveals insights about representation and the construction of identity through its focus on sexuality, politicians, and the media, with the changing line between the private and public as an essential concept. Sensationalism and scandal are key issues explored in the text. The representation of gay politicians in the UK press has so far been underrepresented in media and political studies. Lack of discussion is strange, considering that gay politicians have been at the forefront of the media's attention over the last 50 years. Sex, Lies and Politics provides a much needed contribution to political, media, and social history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845194567
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 248

About the Author

Donna Smith has extensive experience in social scientific and political research. She is an Associate Lecturer in Politics and Social Sciences for the Open University, where she also works in faculty management. She completed her PhD at the Open University in 2009, after working in Westminster politics. Her BA (Hons) and MA were studied at the University of East Anglia.

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