Gender check: 10/27/11 – Midwest

*Gender Checks are quick examinations of gender representation in individual news articles for the purpose of discovering trends over time. Click here to read more.

Website: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (stltoday.com)

On Stltoday.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 27, was titled “St. Louis board strips permit from sadomasochism club.”

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author:  Male

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Female, neighborhood association president
  2. Male, owner
  3. Male, alderman

Website: St. Louis Beacon

"'Billy Elliot': Why are we terrified of men in tights?" - St. Louis Beacon, 10/27/2011

On the St. Louis Beacon, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 11 a.m. (PDT) Thursday, Oct. 27, was titled “’Billy Elliot’: Why are we terrified of men in tights?.” Its subject was about “Billy Elliot the Musical” and challenging male gender stereotypes.

Here is its gender breakdown:

Author: Female

Human sources  (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, resident choreographer
  2. Male, psychotherapist
  3. Male, of a dance company
  4. Male, screenwriter and playwright
  5. Male, dancer

Notes/analysis: This article is actually about challenging gender stereotypes toward men regarding dancing and literature.

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