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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 ...

Metal Men and Glamour Boys: Gender Performance in Heavy Metal
Metal men and glamour boys: Gender performance in heavy metal

The focus of this chapter is directed at linking together some recent questions caught up in three rather broad areas of overlapping concern. First, within die literature of gender studies (incorporating within its concerns those of an emerging literature of men's studies), recent questions have been directed at the performative character of gender. This position suggests that gender differences may be better understood in terms of culturally transmitted codes of performances than in the more traditional terms of fixed gender identities rooted in nature and biology.

Second, within the literature of cultural studies, recent questions have been directed at the development of new theories of the audience, ...

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