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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 ...

Masculinity as Fact: A Review of Empirical Mass Communication Research on Masculinity
Masculinity as fact: A review of empirical mass communication research on masculinity
FredJ.Fejes

In media studies, the topic of masculinity is only at the very earliest stages of emerging as a research area in its own right. Compared to the study of women and the media, one finds few studies explicitly addressing the interrelationship between the media and social definitions of masculinity. For example, in review of the empirical literature of the past decade, the author was able to locate only five items that focused primarily on men and masculinity (Cantor, 1990; Gray, 1986; Meyers, 1980; Postman, Nystrom, Strate, & Weingarter, 1987; Skelly & Lundstrom, 1981) and two of these were qualitative in nature.

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