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Сексизмът и неговият отговор в българския политически дискурс
Sexism and the Response to It in the Bulgarian Political Discourse

Author(s): Ivan Dimov
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Communication studies, Sociology, Studies in violence and power
Keywords: sexism; politics; opposition; men-women; male-female; rhetoric; debates; hate speech
Summary/Abstract: From „silence in the bedroom” to „let’s make our best and nominate a woman to run for president” – sexism and its opposition have a long tradition in Bulgarian political discourse. The machismo in governance, represented (but not only) by the GERB leader Boyko Borissov, uses discriminatory rhetoric toward the „other” sex in order to question and attack the role of women in politics. The response to this phrase is the creation of the image of a female politician, who has masculine features and invites her enemy to a one-on-one battle – „let’s settle things like men” This study looks into the fight between male and female in politics and interprets the effect of this rhetoric with the help of the psychoanalysis and semiotics. The conclusion is that sexism is a key instrument of hate speech in Bulgarian politics.

  • Page Range: 212-217
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: Bulgarian