- Subject index
She can bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and please her man: The popular media influence perceptions of women and their role(s) in society. But what of men? Indeed, men and masculinity have been the norm, the yardstick against which women–and the women's movement–have been measured. Although the development of men's studies has gained momentum, little has been published that focuses on the media and their relationship to men as men. Men, Masculinity, and the Media addresses this shortcoming. Scholars from communication studies, sociology, social studies, humanities, and political science investigate past media research on men and masculinity. They also examine how the media serve to construct masculinities, how men and their relationships have been depicted, and how men respond to ...
Chapter 15: The Transatlantic Gaze: Masculinities, Youth, and the American Imaginary1
The Transatlantic Gaze: Masculinities, Youth, and the American Imaginary1
Males and Men
This chapter is about imaging men. In saying men we are not referring to some monolith; we are talking of the social references called men—as when someone says with ironic certainty, “That's a man, isn't it?” We are not talking of males, which we see as a biological reference, though itself socially constructed and not biologically determined.2
In deconstructing imaging men we are writing in a critical relationship to recent practical and theoretical problematizations of men and masculinities. These problematizations have applied to men and masculinities as both social categories and substantive social phenomena. Much of the impetus for this has come from feminist theory and ...