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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 ...
Chapter 9: Masculinity and Machismo in Hollywood's War Films
Masculinity and Machismo in Hollywood's War Films
In Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), John Agar bitterly recalls his Marine colonel father's disapproval of his sensitive, intellectual son, revealing his own jealousy over the colonel's admiration of macho Sergeant Stryker (John Wayne):
I embarrassed my father. 1 wasn't tough enough for him—too soft. “No guts” was the phrase he used. Now Stryker: He's the type of man my father wanted me to be … yeah. I bet [my father and Stryker] got along just fine together. Both of them with ramrods strapped on their backs.
As American boys become socialized, parents, relatives, and peers assail them with hundreds of admonitions describing what they must not become. Unfortunately, most of these caveats, delivered ...