In the era of social media and digital dominance, this patriarchal framework is more than ever a dominant narrative in lots of sites about the planet, including the Western Balkans, where severe notions of magnificence and regular gendered roles continue to characterize and restrict women’s participation and representation in society.
Girls journalists, both of those as users of neighborhood and as purveyors of news and information, are not exempt from these discriminatory expectations. Newsrooms, for lots of unique factors, generally reflect these norms, positioning the women of all ages who do the job there as ‘accessories’ – practical objects that have which means only insofar as guys deem it so.
Marina Ridjic describes her encounter as a woman journalist, designed even worse, she feels, by also remaining blonde. “I’ve been doing the job considering the fact that I was 19 […] I have normally heard, ‘just read what is penned, you shouldn’t try out to use your head. You are fairly and that is sufficient to conduct an job interview.’ When I was younger, I applied to respond in anger and tried using to earn each individual battle. At some place, you just comprehend that you will listen to these types of remarks through your existence.”
Alice Taylor informed us about a colleague, an anchor from Albania, who was predicted to get lip fillers as component of her job. “She was basically advised that she experienced to get them. She was advised, ‘Here is the selection of the medical professional that we use, off you go.’” Taylor also told us about a well known sports program in which all male presenters use fits while the women of all ages are all in mini-skirts39. Vanja Stokic from Bosnia and Herzegovina has experienced comparable activities, but occasionally sees “benefits” of