International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Turkey

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Turkey

Zeren Göktan, “Deep Blue”, #1, 2017

Turkey, once a democracy, has slid into authoritarianism, and has now severe restrictions on its media which prompts the question:

What does this mean for women’s rights and gender equality in Turkey?

Guest-edited by Esra Özcan, this Special Section on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Turkey brings together eight original papers (plus an editorial introduction) on current research in gender and media in Turkey. The articles investigate a wide a range of historical and contemporary issues about women’s rights and gender equality in different types of media:

• Women’s representation in early modern Turkish newspapers
• Women’s films
• The promotion of a neo-liberal gender ideology in Islamized self-help books
• The media coverage of violence against women and LGBTQ+ communities
• Online activism against violence
• Anti-feminism
• Gender stereotypes in advertising

The Special Section explores ways to push against gender conservatism in a restricted media environment. We invite you to read these Special Section articles that published in the International Journal of Communication on October 28, 2020. Please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking.


Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Turkey: Struggles Over Media Representations and Discourses in the Past and Present — Editorial Introduction
Esra Özcan

The Image of Turkish Women as the Antithesis of the Ottoman Past: Representations of Women in the Newspapers of the Early Republican Era
Esra Ercan Bilgiç

Cinema Has Split the Girl’s Soul into Pieces: Scrutinizing Representations of Women in Films from Turkey
Esin Paça Cengiz

Gender in Turkey’s Islamic-Oriented Self-Help Literature: Constructing Self-Regulating Female Subjectivity
Feyda Sayan-Cengiz

“The Public Immoralist”: Discourses of Queer Subjectification in Contemporary Turkey
Eser Selen

The Politicization of Rape as a Consequence of Western Modernity and Religious Conservatism: Competing Media Narratives on Gender
Ece Algan

Use of Social Media in the Struggle Surrounding Violence Against Turkish Women
Christine Ogan, Özen Baş

Voices Against Misogyny in Turkey: The Case of a Successful Online Collective Action Against a Sexist Commercial
Özden Melis Uluğ, Özen Odağ, Nevin Solak

Framing the Alimony Debates in Turkey: Struggle Between Feminist and Antifeminist Discourses to Represent “Women’s Rights”
Esra Özcan


Larry Gross, Editor
Arlene Luck, Founding Managing Editor 
Kady Bell-Garcia, Managing Editor
Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Special Sections
Esra Özcan, Guest Editor

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