The Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities is an interdisciplinary and international culmination of the growth of men's studies that also offers insight about future directions for the field. The Handbook provides a broad view of masculinities primarily across the social sciences, with the inclusion of important debates in some areas of the humanities and natural sciences. The various approaches presented in this Handbook range across different disciplines, theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and conceptualizations in relation to the topic of men. Editors Michael S. Kimmel, Jeff Hearn, and Robert W. Connell have assembled an esteemed group of contributors who are among the best-known experts in their particular fields.
Chapter 16: “Gentlemen, the Lunchbox Has Landed”: Representations of Masculinities and Men's Bodies in the Popular Media
“Gentlemen, the Lunchbox Has Landed”: Representations of Masculinities and Men's Bodies in the Popular Media
Muscles are the sign of masculinity.
In an article titled “Invisible Masculinity,” Kimmel (1993) made the seemingly contradictory comment that men had no history. Kimmel was referring to the paradoxical situation whereby (hegemonic) men have been conspicuous as athletes, politicians, scientists, and soldiers but largely indiscernible as men. As Kimmel (1993) noted, this veiled status is one of the principal ingredients of men's power and privilege:
The very processes that confer privilege to one group and not to another are often invisible to those upon whom that privilege is conferred… men have come ...