In the documentary, Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity, the focus is on mass media and society’s influence and expectations of the male gender and how ‘real men’ are defined. “Boys and young men, learn early on that being a so-called, ‘real man,’ means you have to take on the tough-guise,” Jackson Katz, Ph. D. continues, “In other words, you only have to show the world certain parts of yourself that the dominant culture has defined as manly.” In the opening segment of the documentary, Dr. Katz, one of America’s leading anti-sexist activists, provides the audience of how the title was developed. Together with The Media Education Foundation, the documentary encourages the audience to think and analyze the influence mass media has, socially, politically as well as culturally in the development of young men. Tough Guise breaks down the correlation of pop-culture imagery and the social
In the essay “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel, he brings up many points as to how men view masculinity as trying to be perfect to hide underlying insecurity. He then states that anything deemed less than manly (females, people of race, homosexuals, etc.) is ridiculed because of the way we view masculinity. Kimmel first brings up a story about boys on a playground, where you have to prove that you’re manly at a young age, and that it is essentially engraved into our nature that we must not be a “sissy”. This then stems off to how violence is created by this sense of manhood, since we must always fight and never run when conflict arises.
Pascoe explains the teenagers use of the fag discourse by stating that “becoming a fag has as much to do with failing at the masculine tasks of competence, heterosexual prowess, and strength or in any way revealing weakness or femininity as it does with a sexual identity” (Pascoe, 54) The only reason these teenagers feel this way is because they have been socialized to believe that masculinity is the cornerstone of being a male. They grow up seeing this reinforced on all levels and they witness firsthand the range of repercussions for not following this model. It only takes a moment to fail at being masculine, and when you fail at being masculine you are and should be bombarded with judgement and
In addition, the difference between the natures of Gawain’s kisses between himself and Lady Bertilak, and himself and Lord Bertilak is made to establish heterosexuality as the predominant sexual ideology in the story. An important part of Arthurian
His extramarital affairs source back to his ability as a man to still have women who desire him as a man even through his involvement of a commitment to another woman. The masculinity of Tom’s ability to have been successful in sports resources back to the stereotypes of the era associating sport with masculinity. The ability to physically violate a woman at the time demonstrates a sense of power in a relationship which is expressed with violence over an expression of emotions to resolve issues in a relationship which is associated with feminine characteristics. Tom’s masculinity represents more than just a superior alpha male but the success that is associated with superior male character. Fitzgerald creates Tom’s character as what is implied as the higher male in
He explains his own history of breaking through his structured shell and learning to grow into his identity. Logic and ethical reasoning depict the usefulness of homosexuals in society and the morality of harming youth by forcing them to hide in order to please a public. Sullivan argues that while conservative opponents are right where homosexuals can't reproduce, they can take on the responsibilities of nurturing children. Giving support to heterosexual parents and help raise a new generation. Andrew Sullivan combines age old arguments about homosexuality with ethical, logical, and emotional insights into the world of gay youth, and the gifts that they could give our
In Susan Bordo's essay "Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body," Bordo talks about the way ads portray the male body, and how these ads are a representation of the role males have in society. I agree with Bordo's main points: Men and women play opposite roles in the fashion world, and the way the male body is displayed is appealing to men and women regardless of their sexual orientation. The fact that in certain ads the male body is almost entirely on display, can make the ad more appealing for people who are sexually attracted to men; just like it can be appealing to women and men who are not. This is because even people who are not sexually attracted to men are still attracted to the idea that the ad is selling. Which is men displaying "their
This idea is also mentioned in the first source where is says that one of the themes of the Male Sex Role is “acceptability of violence, aggression, and daring in men’s behavior.” This, in a way means that men are expected to be violent and not to be is almost uncharacteristic and unnatural. Of all the things that haven’t been changed in gender roles, this is probably the
Modern commentators have focused on the nudity of the statue and its erotic effect on her male viewers. Robin Osborne (1994, p.85) identified the Knidian Aphrodite as “an uncommonly powerful work.” Citing the supposed responses of male viewers recorded in the ancient literary sources, he concludes: “Rich though the message of this statue is about male sexuality, it has very little to say about female sexuality.” Hence, he suggests (1994, p.86) that the Knidian Aphrodite should “be seen to play upon male desire, male sexuality, and male expectations and values, and to say nothing to
The documentary referred to this phenomenon as gender policing. If a man slips up and acts outside what is considered the norm, their “man card,” is revoked, and they open themselves up to being mocked and ridiculed. Their man card is only reissued when they do something manly again to prove that they are a real man. Something that involves a display of the traits that are typically associated with manliness such as domination, power, aggression, and
For this reason and others such as personal experiences that men are much more concerned with sex then I or many of my friends seem to be, I’ve chosen to look into the topic of whether or not gender socialization has an impact on the experiences of love. Whether or not men and women have different ways of showing love and whether or not the old myth that men prefer lust to love is true. I chose this topic
It is reasonable to conclude that the guy claiming being intimate with the girl spread the rumor to increase his value in the eyes other guys which reinforces the idea that masculinity is measured by the number of women the man manages to hook up with. Having slept with a girl is a personal accomplishment the rewards of which are so high, that one might be tempted to spread the lies. Additionally, it assigns the active role to men in intimate relationships, emphasizing the belief that man are the ones who initiate and reach the goal, while the women comply passively by “being fucked”. Except from promoting prejudices around sexually active and therefore successful masculinity and passive femininity, the gossip serves as the mean to control female sexuality. The fact that she suddenly turned into “a girl who that guy fucked” indicates that sexuality became the central part of her identity and nothing else mattered: “not what she accomplishes, what she thinks, not what she cares about and works for” (Jessica Valenti, Cult of Virginity).
The media has attributed to this cultural mythology, a fictitious overgeneralization of a group of people. The myth being, “in order for men to be decent lovers, they must be able to last longer”. “Last longer” is referring to a man’s individual capability to prolong his ejaculation thus leading to longer lasting intercourse. My incorrect interpretation of this norm was not to be blamed on my lack of deductive reasoning; the propaganda in the media and those with enough money and power to select which cultural mythologies are highlighted in the media created this fictitious concept in my brain. If I would have looked at sex the way a sociologist would with a sociological imagination, I would have noticed what I thought was normal, was only a façade (Conley 301).