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Published: 22-12-2016

Stemming the Tide: The Presentation of Women Scientists in CSI

Mississippi State University
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Shane Warren

Postdoctoral Associate, NSPARC

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University
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Mark Goodman

Professor, Department of Communication
Mississippi State University
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Rebecca Horton

Research Assisstant (Goodman and Warren)
University of Nevada Las Vegas
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Nate Bynum

Senior Professor of Theater
STEM CSI female scientists

Abstract

We reviewed three of the 15 years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to understand the media presentation of women scientists.& We found that CSI did present stereotypical views of the female investigators and that the female characters playing these roles were often punished by the script.& However, we also found that the show provided an opportunity for the story of women to be told by these female characters.& Accordingly, our examination of the character of Sara Sidle and the other forensic scientists found that the portrayal was more complex that previously literature suggests.

How to Cite

Warren, S., Goodman, M., Horton, R., & Bynum, N. (2016). Stemming the Tide: The Presentation of Women Scientists in CSI. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 8(3), 360–381. Retrieved from https://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/450