Within any particular system, there is present an underlying motive for success in every sense of the word. While in some scenarios, that motive can be hidden beneath the desire to fit in, above all this, the idea of prosperity is the main factor in motivating individuals toward their goals. Susan Faludi, the author of “The Naked Citadel”, explores how at the all-boys college, students are pressured into conforming to the “Whole Man” standard where they develop brotherhood, a sense of structure, and belonging. When these men are able to develop such strong bonds with one another, several flaws come about. The majors issues at The Citadel, lie in their denial of women into the school, and the traumatic hazing new students endure.
Society tends to ignore the struggle of masculine norms men face everyday. In the film, “The Mask You Live In”, various ages of men discuss what it is like to live in a society filled with sexism and masculine norms. In the film, it is shown the impact of these norms society puts forth for men is catastrophic and negatively impacts their mental health. A few masculine norms that are found within the film are, self-reliance, violence, power over women, winning and risk-taking. Self-reliance is a big topic to cover in regards to masculine norms.
In 1990, Fordham University hosted a conference on gender and medieval society, focusing on the issue of feminist studies as a frame from which medieval ideas of “manhood” are approached. In 1994, Medieval Masculinities: Regarding Men in the Middle Ages was published as a result of that conference. A number of researchers contributed essays on the changes in definitions of masculinity during the medieval period, and looking at masculinity as another lens through which gender is to be approached, rather than a normative state to compare against in relating the lives of women in society. The focus was on demonstrating that the dominance of male oriented history did not just sublimate and ignore women but to a larege extend did the same thing
Symbols are very much depicted in Beth Loffreda, Oliver Sacks and Susan Faludi's essays. However, in Loffreda's essay "Losing Matt Shepard" and Faludi's essay "The Naked Citadel", symbols are depicted in order to mourn their loss, whereas the symbols in Oliver Sacks essay "The Mind's Eye" provide us insight as to why these crimes take place. In Sacks' essay, blindness is portrayed as a symbol of victory. Each narrative Sacks talks about how people overcame their blindness, which symbolizes a sense of victory, how they take it as an advantage and progress further. Using blindness as lens, we look at why the events took place in Faludi's and Loffreda's essay.
" The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," is a movie directed by and starring actor Ben Stiller. Walter Mitty works as an negative assets manager at the historic Life Magazine. This movie takes place when Life Magazine is about to make its final issue and is headed towards making their magazine all on the internet. While at work Walter daydreams of adventures and what he could wish he could be doing instead of working, Walter also takes an interest in one of his co-workers Cheryl Melhoff. Walter is put to the task of locating the missing negative that Sean O'Connel said captures the "quintessence" of Life and should be used for the cover of the final issue.
We live in a society that teaches men that they must be very masculine, successful, powerful, inexpressive, and aggressive. They must live in this box of masculinity and can’t step out of it. If they do fall out of the norm then they are called names like sissy, queer, wuss, and others, as a way to feel degraded for not living up to the male standard. These men are taught from a young age to construct a highly masculine identity. This is especially seen in sports like football, hockey, wrestling, rugby, boxing, and the MMA.
A long time ago, Naked for Satan was established on the backbone of Leon Satnovich hard work. Leon exhibited a stout heart coupled with an unbridled determination to flee the Russian pogroms. His good character was then rewarded as it resonated with locals in Australia. Although the locals nicknamed him “satan,” he was not plagued by the negative connotation associated with the name. His optimistic persona and work ethic in starting from the bottom, and pushing towards the top, stands a symbol for courage in Fitzroy till today.
“The Men we Carry in Our Minds” is a narrative essay written by Scott Russell Sanders that provides an insight to the overlooked lives men had to endeavour just so they could be at peace with themselves and their families. Sanders wants to remove this misrepresentation that all men are taking something from middle-class women and that instead he believes that any boy or girl and who lived in “dirt poor” (page 332) conditions would grow up to be men and women in a society “where the fate of men is as grim and bleak as the fate of women” (page 333). He un-isolates himself from using just one argument and instead produces a convincing emotional argument by using a broad choice of personal references and historical evidence. Sanders uses storytelling
In Robert Jensen’s article “The High Cost of Manliness”, he states that the idea of masculinity is a bad thing and they should get rid of it. This article debates on the common stereotypes of men, as he states: “That dominant conception of masculinity in U.S. Culture is easily summarized: Men are assumed to be naturally competitive and aggressive, and being a real man is therefore marked by the struggle for control, conquest, and domination” (par. 4). Nonetheless, there are some traits that men and woman share, such as, caring, compassion, and tenderness. These traits often depend on the situation, since a man cannot always be this way, whereas, a woman is often expected to have these traits.
Masculinity (also called boyhood, manliness or manhood) is a set of attributes, behaviors and roles generally associated with boys and men. But the culture doesn’t end at the definition, it starts from there. The first thing to come to mind when the word masculinity is heard is usually a man flexing his gigantic muscles, as the word might sound to suggest, and that right there is the current culture of masculinity because sadly, in the world we live in, not everyone has a “muscular body”. So far we know the concept of masculinity, but the culture is what is truly hampering.
Hello Mychell, We basically had the same responses to the questions and I liked your phrasing to the responses. Another stereotype I had pointed was that a men thought of women always needing a place of comfort that suits them the best. However, this is false because as a woman during that time they were not allowed to speak up for themselves or really make their own decisions because of the lack of rights. She certainly emphasizes the fact that men always belittle women when it comes to intelligence and strength.
Narratives can teach readers how to connect different stories by discovering the themes of each one. Each author has a different argument and message their trying to tell but however the similar themes can connect. In Brent Staples “Just a walk on by: Black men in public space” and Dave Barry “Turkeys in the kitchen” each author tries to prove their argument of why certain stereotypes affect them and how they feel about it. Brent staples discusses the stereotype of black men being profiled as criminals. Within his narrative, Staples talks about accounts where he would be walking down the street just like a normal person and a white woman ahead of him would run away and cross the street to escape from him.