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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 ...

Buddies and Pals: A History of Male Friendships on Prime-Time Television
Buddies and pals: A history of male friendships on prime-time television

The reputation of male friendships has changed throughout history. Many would agree today that men bond in war zones, on playing fields, and in bars; however, most research indicates that men are not emotionally intimate with each other, an aspect of friendship that is characteristic among women friends. According to L. Rubin (1985), the current lack of closeness in most male friendships is quite a change from the past, when men's relationships were supposedly models of support and love.

While a variety of written documents has been used to enhance our understanding of friendships in the distant past, O’Connor (1983) says now “historians can find in ...

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