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WDW101Y1 Lecture Notes - Masculinity

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Sandra Bucerius

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W1 WDW 380
Sex and gender difference and criminal behavior (how does it shape it)
Masculinity perspectives
How sex and gender shape reaction to a crime (are women treated more
leniently by the system/ what gender stereotypes are used when judging
Why don’t we know which gender had the higher arrest rate for theft in Canada in
Video shown in class:
Reflect the masculinity perspective
Connection between being a man and being violent/ looking at the images in
the media (change in toy figurines/ the size of guns in movies changes and
grown bigger
Man of color have more stereotyping
The important part of masculinity is the performance if it (become ral man
trough power and control
“Gain respect”
Involved in school shooting is violent masculinity (boys killing boy not kid
killing kids/
The question: why are boys behaving this way? (Blames video games and
movies…. But that’s to narrow/ it’s a much larger social context/ in the 80s a
clear connection between manhood and guns/
What about modern sport being a real man by imposing yourself, gain
respect by disrespecting the other (basket ball/ pro-wrestling)
Boys taught aver and over again you have to be big and strong / reducing
violence involves much more then stop violent movies and games… it’s
everywhere in our culture, focus on how the society portrays it
Sexualized violence: normalization of sexualized violence/ submissive
femininity in pornographic/ feel good about themselves by putting down
women “Howard Stern”
Power and control: trend of teen relationships/ not genetically program it’s a
result of the society culture, portrays women as being deserving of being
under control of man/ boy taught ‘real man’ strong physically and
emotionally, makes it on he’s own, “I don’t want to talk about it”, they have to
“suck it up”
Showing pain or suffering is weak/ so man take risky ways to prove their
toughness/ this notion of un-vulnerability gets lots of young man killed/
Marc McGuire: start crying, show vulnerability but still is strong/
The way man of color are being shown and portrayed start to change
Culture has become more opened up, but be aware it may prompt a closing
up/ political interest at stake
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