Not always women had free access to any information content. Novels like Madame Bovary, A mão e a luva and A normalista well represent the thought of society, in the nineteenth century, about what women should read. Compared to men, they had a differentiated education and some readings were forbidden to her sex. Although not all women submitted themselves to the prohibitions, censorship was present and hindered the appropriation of information. With the development of technology, in the second half of the twentieth century, facilitated the access. However, the media continue to disseminate information marked by gender distinctions, and our hypothesis is that the same happens with the information on the readings for the women. Thus, using content analysis and semiotics as the methodological framework, we will see what women's magazines Marie Claire and Claudia and television programs Mais Você and Saia Justa indicate about reading. Then we will study Skoob users in the virtual community in order to trace a profile of women readers of the twenty-first century. Finally, some considerations will be presented regarding the information professional as a mediator in gender issues.
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