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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 Signs: Poststructuralist Feminist Approaches to the Study of Gender1
Masculinity as signs: Poststructuralist feminist approaches to the study of gender
DianaSaco

Our commonsense understandings of gender share with traditional social science studies the view that masculinity is a fact of nature. As interpretive genealogical analyses of these discourses show, however, academic and popular discourses work to naturalize the very concept that has been so unproblematically embraced as fact. What is at issue in these interpretive analyses is the facticity of masculinity—how masculinity is constructed, within sign systems, as given and obvious. Masculinity as signs contributes as much to the traditional researchers to ascribe “masculinity” to men and “femininity” to women. Whatever the physical differences between men and women, ascriptions like “masculine” constitute human beings as ...

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