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Ralph R. Donald

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Chapter 9: Masculinity and Machismo in Hollywood's War Films

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Masculinity and Machismo in Hollywood's War Films
Masculinity and machismo in hollywood's war films
RalphR.Donald

In Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), John Agar bitterly recalls his Marine colonel father's disapproval of his sensitive, intellectual son, revealing his own jealousy over the colonel's admiration of macho Sergeant Stryker (John Wayne):

I embarrassed my father. 1 wasn't tough enough for him—too soft. “No guts” was the phrase he used. Now Stryker: He's the type of man my father wanted me to be … yeah. I bet [my father and Stryker] got along just fine together. Both of them with ramrods strapped on their backs.

As American boys become socialized, parents, relatives, and peers assail them with hundreds of admonitions describing what they must not become. Unfortunately, most of these caveats, delivered ...

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