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Gender in politics

Gender in politics

Interview with Frédérique Matonti

If women are more numerous than before in the political world, the representations towards them hardly changed. By a kind of paradoxical backlash, the political women of the era of parity are more and more sent back to their traditional social roles (daughters, wives, mothers) and to gender stereotypes. Their bodies, their outfits, their intimate lives are more discussed by the medias than their deeds. Qualified by Frédérique Matonti as an “Harlequin” framing, this media framing depicts women as emotional beings rather than political strategists. It contributes to deligitimize women in politics, and beyond, to reproduce the old traditional gender hierarchy. Likewise, men in politics are more and more enclosed in a stereotyped manly image.