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Research Discussion: Defying Stereotypes is a Plus: Classifying Gender, Sex, & Sexuality Content in Visual Materials

3MT Featured Home Graduate Education Week Health & Wellness Inclusive Excellence Individual Development Plan (IDP) PostDoc Association Professional Development Upcoming Events October 19, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Zoom

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220 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65203
Contact Email: MizzouEdDiversity@missouri.edu
Phone Number: (573) 882-0511

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Defying Stereotypes is a Plus: Classifying Gender, Sex, & Sexuality Content in Visual Materials by Dr. Hyerim Cho (she/her)

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“As engagement with various types of visual materials like graphic novels and video games has increased, users have become aware of how gender, sex, and sexuality are presented in these materials. To understand the information needs of these users, we adopted diary study and interview methods based on the uses and gratification theory. Through thematic analysis of this data, we learned participants wanted to search for visual materials based on gender and sexuality representation and depictions of sexual activities, but currently available visual material ratings and recommendations systems fail to meet users’ gender and sexuality related search needs. In this talk, we will discuss the relationship between classification systems and censorship to unpack the challenges of providing more descriptive and nuanced classifications of visual materials.”

Hyerim Cho earned her Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Washington. Focusing on users, her research investigates diverse multimedia and pop-cultural information based on information science and media studies to provide enhanced recommendation and retrieval services. Her research interests include information needs and behavior, metadata, qualitative studies and mixed methods, and visual narrative materials such as graphic novels, anime, and video games.

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