Masculinity Studies

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Women's and Gender Studies
Victoria Tahmasebi

Masculinity Studies Made visible through gender studies Images of masculinity: often confusing and contradictory Media heroes: courageous, competent and always in control but sometimes romantic and sensitive Women: praise both sensitivity AND toughness in men Most men fall short when they attempt to satisfy both standards What should men do? Where do all these messages come from? Male Standards: Six Historical Periods Developed into 6 historical period 1 IS Epic Man: the major features of this is the action, masculinity, patriarchy nd 2 Spiritual Man (400BCE) ideal man is the spiritual man, major feature are anti-feminine, anti- homosexual attitude, and strong patriarchal system rd 3 Chivalric Man (12CE) self-sacrifice, honour and service to the lady 4 Renaissance Man TH 5 Bourgeois Man (18th) well manner 6 Modern Man ()individualistic, independent man against the war, masculinity through war and soldiery, hero independence, risk taking, dominance and competition; sport is the only institution offer them to achieve masculinity without war Hegemonic Masculinity Idealized norms Acted out by the most powerful men White, middle class, and heterosexual Other masculine styles are rendered inadequate and inferior Harms men of color, poor men, third world men, and non-heterosexual men Harms women
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