Means of representing a male assaulter and a female victim in media texts


Filatova, Alina Mikhailovna


Samara University of Public Administration “International Market Institute”

Ulitsa Grigoriya Aksakova 21, Samara 443030, Russia


The article deals with lexical means of representation of male assaulter and female victim images in English-language media texts covering sexual scandals. The sexual scandal stems from gender conflict, which is based on relations of power and subordination, and on the violation of social norms. A man is the subject of power, while a woman is the object of power. To create a vivid contrast between these roles, journalists use a certain set of lexical, grammatical and word-formation models, constructing two basic gender roles: “male rapist” and “female victim”. The analysis of the used lexical means and word-formation models makes it possible not only to identify the nature of the evaluation attributed to these gender roles but also to trace their development and further breaking, which suggests the implementation of a pragmatic setting of texts about sexual scandals—breaking down outdated ideas about gender roles.


sexual scandal; mass media; category of evaluation; lexical means; word-formation models; gender roles; stereotypes

Publication Date

December 1, 2019


Volume 6, Issue 1

Citation information

Filatova, Alina Mikhailovna. 2019. “Means of representing a male assaulter and a female victim in media texts.” Language. Text. Society 6 (1): 1-12.


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journal = {Language. Text. Society},
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