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Rafael Ventura, Carles Roca-Cuberes and Xosé Ramón Rodríguez-Polo publish on the Journal of Homosexuality

Rafael Ventura, Carles Roca-Cuberes and Xosé Ramón Rodríguez-Polo publish on the Journal of Homosexuality

15.01.2018

 

CritiCC's members Rafael Ventura and Carles Roca-Cuberes, with the scholar Xosé Ramón Rodríguez-Polo published recently on the Journal of Homosexuality. Their paper is titled 'Wealthy gay couples buying babies produced in India by poor womb-women': Audience Interpretations of Transnational Surrogacy in TV News and explores how media shape public opinion in the concrete case of surrogacy and gay parenting.

 

ABSTRACT

Surrogacy is beginning to generate public debate and the way the media approach it may have negative effects on social attitudes towards gay parenting. The news media play a key role in informing society, especially about topics such as surrogacy, of which most audiences have no direct experience. The aim of our research is to explore opinion formation of surrogacy and gay parenting by analysing the audience interpretation of a TV news story in Spain. To do this we conducted four focus groups that were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis based on the discourse produced by the participants. The results show that the framing strategies used in the news story contribute to advocating an attitude of repudiation towards surrogacy, with an adverse sentiment also extending to homosexual couples who wish to become parents. This leads us to discuss the role of media in shaping public opinion and the resulting potential consequences in the case of surrogacy and gay parenting.

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