Campus Units

Marketing

Document Type

Abstract

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2018

Journal or Book Title

American Academy of Advertising. Conference. Proceedings (Online)

First Page

15

Abstract

Stereotypical female portrayals are still common in advertisements, though the role of women in society has progressed. In recent years, it appears there has been a move toward portraying women in power positions in ads. This research focuses on this new trend of female portrayals in ads. Power is defined as the capability to change others’/self behavior or thoughts. Building on theories of social power and feminine power, a new typology for different types of female power in ads is proposed. This typology includes five types of female power in ads including sexual power, athletic power, expert power, family power, and empowerment. To determine the viability of this classification system, participants are asked to complete a sorting task. A set of current pre-rated print ads are given to participants for them to sort into ads that demonstrate a similar type of female power in the same category. Multidimensional scaling (MDS) and hierarchical clustering of the results from sorting is used to extract the underlying dimensions of female power in ads and provide empirical evidence for the proposed typology. Future research might study interrelations between female power dimensions in ads and also study the consequences of exposure to female power portrayals.

Comments

This abstract is published as Kordrostami, M., Laczniak, R.N. Female Power portrayals in Ads, Underlying Dimensions. American Academy of Advertising. Conference. Proceedings (Online), 2018; 15. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Academy of Advertising

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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