En-Gendering Power and Empowerment in Advertising: A Content Analysis

Wan Hsiu Sunny Tsai, Aya Shata, Shiyun Tian

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To understand the growing trend of gender-themed empowerment advertising, such as “femvertising” and “dadvertising,” this content analysis evaluates the scope and configuration of power and empowerment in magazine advertisements targeting women, men, and the general audience. Based on an interdisciplinary framework, different sources and dimensions of empowerment as well as types of social power are analyzed. Results suggest that empowerment advertising is a highly targeted strategy appealing to primarily female consumers. Female empowerment is typically represented through agentic power while male empowerment focuses on physicality. Results also highlight the emphasis on personal empowerment and the individualistic nature of empowerment advertising narratives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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