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"Wealthy Gay Couples Buying Babies Produced in India by Poor Womb-Women: Audience Interpretations of Transnational Surrogacy in TV News.

Authors
  • Ventura, Rafael1
  • Rodríguez-Polo, Xosé Ramón2
  • Roca-Cuberes, Carles1
  • 1 a Department of Communication , Universitat Pompeu Fabra , Barcelona , Spain. , (Spain)
  • 2 b Department of Communication and Sociology , Universidad Rey Juan Carlos , Madrid , Spain. , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
66
Issue
5
Pages
609–634
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1422947
PMID: 29297767
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Surrogacy is beginning to generate public debate, and the way the media approach it may have negative effects on social attitudes toward 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 analyzing 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 toward 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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