Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Theatre
Rebecca A. Kuehl
agency, celebrity, citizenship, feminism, politics, rhetoric
Satire and politics are typically considered masculine fields within the societal constructs of the United States. Wanda Sykes and Cecily Strong both navigate these male-dominated worlds with their addresses at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This analysis views these addresses through three rhetorical lenses: feminist standpoint theory, rhetorical citizenship, and rhetorical and political agency. This study explores the way women’s issues in society exposed to various audiences through Sykes’ and Strong’s satirical addresses. Communication scholars have not previously considered both of these addresses; this analysis furthers our understanding of feminist viewpoints being shared to audiences and encouraging audiences to take civic action on issues facing today’s American society.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Political satire, American.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017 -- Humor.
Sykes, Wanda, 1964-
Includes bibliographical references (pages 116-135)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2017 Jessica M. Peterson
Peterson, Jessica M., "Funny in a Man's World: Women Comedians' Use of Political Satire at the White House Correspondents' Dinner" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1176.