The words, “nigger” and “faggot,” I feel are being used more often as a counter to the malediction that was placed on this words; either it be during the civil war in the nineteenth century or the modern day. George Carlin said that there are only bad thoughts and intentions that turn the words that we use into ones that may inflict pain: Both nigger and faggot are degrading terms that by themselves have no power, but when there is a meaning behind them that is intended to inflict agony upon the receiver of the word, only then does the word take on its true form. Nigger, was used commonly in the South part of America during the Civil War, where black people were kept as slaves. The word derives from many languages spelling of the word black,
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
Both the play Real Women Have Curves by Josefina Lopez and the movie adaptation make an attempt to communicate the message of female empowerment through their respective protagonists, Estela and Ana. Men resolve most of Ana’s problems, whereas Estela relies on herself and other women. The play conveys the theme of female empowerment because it is female-centric, successfully addresses the issues of body image, and focuses on women’s independence and self-validation. Lopez’s play serves as an example of what can happen when women uplift and depend on each other, as opposed to men.
Jocks have made their way into our hearts in television and media all over the world. Stereotype of jocks are clear and is further displayed in the book “skud” and in the movie “The Breakfast Club”. The book “skud” by “Dennis Foon” is about four boys who attend the same high school all face problems relating to their understanding of what it means to be masculine. Tommy, a model student, is headed for the militar; Brad is looking at a hockey career; Andy, who has just secured an agent, may or may not break into the movie. These three have shared a common friendship that is challenged when Andy turns to a new kid, “ Shane” to teach him how to be a punk for an acting audition. The film “ The Breakfast club” by John Hughes is about five students from stereotype endure a saturday detention under a power- hungry principal. This group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, Brainy Brain, and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell their story, making the others see them a little differently. These characters are very similar, in terms of their family pressures, personality, and their relationships with other
In “The Boys Are Not All Right” by Michael Ian Black, the author uses different powers of persuasion to convince the audience to succumb to his opinion that men today don’t know how to properly express their feelings because of cultural norms that expressing your feelings is associated with weakness and femininity. He starts the article by drawing on the fact that almost all mass shootings have been committed by men. He says that men tend to lash out in anger because they don’t know how to properly express their feelings. He attempts to persuade his reader to start a conversation on how to make it more acceptable in society for men to express their emotions in a way that doesn’t potentially hurt others.
Sex role theory has been criticized for being inadequate for understanding the power and economic dimensions in gender and for ignoring gay men. Sex role theory also has very little to say about the effects of race and ethnicity on gender roles. In spite of this it does very well to explain the gender gap in
Resolutions are vehemently being sought to protect schools from possible attacks and to objectively eradicate deadly school shootings altogether. Commonly, security officers are placed in schools in hopes that increased surveillance will inhibit violent outbreaks (Crawford and Burns 2016). Mixed evaluations have been found in association with security officers, while some benefits reportedly transpire, experiences of disparaging consequences remain a regrettable reality as well (Crawford and Burns 2016). Additionally, active shooter drills routinely occur at schools across the nation, however, as Jillian Peterson and James Densley report in their CNN article titled, “The Usual Approach to School Security Isn’t Working,” studies indicate that
In “Bros Before Hos: the guy code” written by Michael Kimmel the difference in response between men and women when asked what it like is to be them is thought of completely different between them. When women were asked the question was pretty irrelevant to them. But when the men were asked they started to describe something called “Guy Code” “the collection of attitudes, values, and traits that together compose what it is to be a man” (pp. 541). This guy code is how men have to carry themselves and if they do not then they are called “pussies” or “gay” again these ideas come from more men maybe fathers, uncles, grandfathers. This “guy code” men have to follow is not just to impress women “Masculinity is largely a homosocial experience: preformed for and judged by other men” (Pp. 543). Men judge other men is a constant cycle. Men are taught how to be men by other men how ever your father was raised is how you are going to be raised. Guy land is an unsafe place while growing up if you do one wrong thing you be called a big list of negative names. “everything that is perceived as gay goes into what we might call the negative playbook of guy land” says Michael Kimmel (pp. 545). This gender role playing thing begins as early as the age of five for men starting with phrases such as “boys don’t cry” this carries out through there middle age years carrying a wide range of rules followed by
Toxic Masculinity is the root of men’s oppression, and it requires our attention to be adequately addressed. This is because in the United States we teach boys that demeaning women make them more valuable to society. The idea is that women are only around to give men pleasure and to be seen as objects. In the documentary, we are also told by Joe Ehrmann that in addition to demeaning women we are taught that we need to strive for money and positions of power to obtain money with the help of media and film perpetuating the idea. He also added that if that we look at what society is telling boys, they will lose what is truly important in life. Adding to this, Madeline Levine says that she has had young children tell her that they want to be a
To profess their heterosexual identity, boys enact the ritual of performative sex talk. With a profusion of sexual bravado, boys fight to one-up each other in their stories of sexual prominence and prosperity. Pascoe states that “expressing heterosexual desire establishes a sort of baseline masculinity” (87), in part to distance themselves from the feminine identity of a “fag,” but also to establish masculine dominance. These discussions center around how these boys are able to enact their subjectivity and control on the world around them, with women as the objects of their control and puppets of their desires. Furthermore, the masculine dominance is established through compulsive heterosexuality when boys engage in specific patterns of opposite-sex touching. Whereas as same-sex touching is acceptable only in certain situations, such as the male-dominated world of sports or in the assertion of masculinity through mocking “fag” touch, opposite-sex touch takes on the role of normalizing heterosexuality as a predatory and sometimes violent social relation between boys and girls. In the same way that a superior is able to touch a subordinate, invade their space, and assert their control, so to are boys able to touch girls in this high school setting. Often played off as flirting by teachers who might otherwise
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one explores the difference between gender roles. Glaspell exerts the repression of women in the 1900s. During that time, women were highly looked down upon by men, and were only seen as the housekeepers and child bearers. This example is displayed throughout the play with the men, however, the women in this play prove that the stereotypes of gender roles held against them are completely wrong, which is shown through the characters, set design, and symbolism.
Minorities have been repressed for many years all over the world. They were treated as inferior and possibly will be for many years to come. There’s Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian, and Indians and many more. Women have been repressed for far longer and continue to be treated as inferior because of how women have been raised believing they must do what men want them to. Due to this females are treated differently from males whether it’s a colored female or white females, women are treated as lesser beings to men. The extent to which they are treated differently ranges from simple bias to outright being sexist.
I have seen “The Mask You Live In” documentary by director Jennifer Seibel Newsom. After I watched this movie, I can answer for all these questions: what does it mean to become a real man? Can boys cry? And do all fathers on the world can share their emotions to other people? Through the movie, I can image how boys and young men struggle to live with their true-life in American controversial of being a real man.
In David Fincher’s, dramatic film “Fight Club”, Fincher develops satire to explain the masculinity of the main characters throughout the movie. Being masculine and or having masculinity, means qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness. Typically, men are seen to be strong, able to fight, have a large frame, and or be fearless. Men such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris are seen to society as Masculine men. However, some develop their masculinity later than others. In comparison to men, women are seen to be more modest, tender, and self-centered. Masculinity Is the social problem that David Fincher attacks in the film simultaneously using satire.
In the short story “A War Against Boys?”, Michael Kimmel starts out by introducing Doug Anglin. Anglin is a senior who gets average grades and plays sports. He, however, decides to sue his school district for sex discrimination with the help of his father who is a lawyer. Kimmel states that men naturally rebel against the philosophy that “if you sit down, follow orders, and listen to what they say, you’ll do well and get good grades.” He continues by discussing about feminism within classrooms. Statistics show that girls are continuing to be more competent than boys. Kimmel argues that they “feminize” boys by “forcing active, healthy, and naturally exuberant boys to conform to a regime of obedience.” This is going against their nature, which