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Authors: Bruce A. Williams and Andrea L. Press

Title: Women of The Wire

Subtitle: -

Journal: Anàlisi: Quaderns de Comunicació i Cultura

Volume: -

Issue: 56

Year: June 2017 (Received: April 2017, Accepted: April 2017)

Pages: 1-14

ISSN: 0211-2175 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2340-5236 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | American History: U.S. History | Representations: Films / The Wire


Link: Anàlisi (Free Access)



Andrea L. Press, Department of Sociology, University of VirginiaAuthor's Personal Website, ResearchGate, Wikipedia

Bruce A. Williams, Department of Media Studies, University of VirginiaWikipedia

Abstract: »In this paper we analyze the representation of women on the popular television show The Wire. We discuss how, while writers attempt to portray race, crime, and inner-city life with sociological accuracy, characterizations of women, and of violence against women, are not especially complex or realistic. In particular, the crime of rape is underrepresented. While the show does feature certain competent, successful professional women, overall the portrayal of underclass women differs significantly from that of underclass men, featuring far fewer sympathetic female characters and demonizing several. In these ways the show succumbs to the sexist, patriarchal norms that characterize much of the representation of women in popular entertainment products. Some posit that this asymmetry of gender representation results from the male-oriented street experience of the show’s male writers.« (Source: Anàlisi)


  Abstract (p. 1)
  Resum (p. 1)
  Resumen (p. 2)
  Introduction (p. 2)
  Does The Wire have a “Woman Problem?” (p. 4)
  The Wire Stumbles Over Gender, Race and Class (p. 6)
  The Dog That Didn’t Bark: The Absence of Rape and Sexual Assault in The Wire (p. 10)
  Conclusion (p. 12)
  Bibliographical references (p. 13)

Wikipedia: History of the Americas: History of the United States | History of the United States (1991–2008) | Serial (radio and television): The Wire