Gender Representation In Media
Gender Representation In Media
hegemonic masculinity should matter to people because these notions are inherently harmful (because they are impossible to fulfill—people are often subconsciously trying to fulfill these expectations, and are not aware of the effects these concepts are having on their lives
• like when you avoid a mental health diagnosis/treatment because you have internalized that it is "unmanly"
criticizing hegemonic masculinity makes you a "pussy" and "not a real man"
Hegemonic masculinity is basically our culture's idea of 'the perfect man' is
Hegemonic masculinity includes tons of contradictions, like how men are supposed to be the ideal father figure but also a cool party guy, a womanizer but also the idea husband, wise beyond their years but also completely unaware of how to do household chores or even change a diaper.
performing hegemonic masculinity in its entirety actually impossible, but that doesn't mean society doesn't tell us to keep trying and punishing us for not achieving it
men with panic disorder are much less likely to seek treatment because men are expected to deal with intense fear and anxiety on their own and "tough it out" when they feel they are having a panic attack. This results in most men who have panic disorder/agoraphobia drinking copious amounts of alcohol to deal with the symptoms of panic attacks and develop alcohol additional problems
in order to do hegemonic masculinity "right" you have to already be a white man.
This also applies to hegemonic masculinity like Asian men, no matter how buff and aggressive they become will never meet the expectations of hegemonic masculinity because Asian men in our society are seen as inherently feminine when compared to white men (so to truly be close to hegemonic masculinity you must be white).
black and Latino men also can't reach hegemonic masculinity, somehow always too aggressive for proper masculinity, because these men of color are always seen as inherently more violent and aggressive than white men.
are men of color more likely to reject hegemonic masculinity than white men because they will never truly be accepted by it, are they less like to reject it because even though they can never truly become it, questioning hegemonic masculinity pushes them that much farther away from "being a man" and comes with social consequences so they have to hold onto it as tight as possible to get any kind of social respect (sometimes to the point of over performing masculinity to try and compensate)?
Critical Media Consumption
very obviously affecting these young kids, some of whom were only 3 or 4, and completely shaping the way they viewed the world (mostly internalizing that these gendered expectations were 'just the way the world is').
every media depiction of gender is also affected by these societal concepts
in this capitalistic society our main source of power if how we 'vote' with out money
What we spend our money on determines what continues to be made, what new things are made, and what stops being made
Every single person is exposed to media everyday whether it is through willing consumption or unwilling consumption. We all consume media and we all consume A LOT of media, so I think we should try to be mindful of what kind of media is being mass produced and disseminated widely across popular platforms
media as a platform isn't inherently 'evil' It is just that this incredibly harmful gender ideas that are deeply entrenched in our culture have (surprise) become very prominent in media
Non-critical consumption of any product (but especially with media) can result in adverse effects
We must all be critical consumers of our media because we must be careful of what we let into our brains. I know it sounds paranoid, but it truly is incredibly easy to internalize some truly terrible things if we are exposed to it enough times (like through repeated media viewings)
most of the time these [internalized] things rest at a sub-conscious level, so we can have great difficulty knowing that they have even lodged themselves there
I want to be able to support projects that develop fleshed-out female characters, have non-traditional portrayals of men, include people of color as main characters, include queer characters, etc
The research [about media and gendered concepts] is being conducted in a kind of 'race-neutral' way (which is just a coded way of saying that they just assume for simplicity that all of the participants/all the men they are applying the theory to are white, because white is labeled the 'neutral' race despite the fact that that is clearly not the default), and doesn't really respect the intersectional way that the same idea of hegemonic masculinity can affect different groups differently.
White is often seen as the 'default' race because it is the most often one portrayed in media. Male/man is often seen as the default gender for the same reason.
Falcon is labelled as a black superhero, while Iron Man is simply a 'superhero'.
Woman always labelled as a woman superhero, while superman gets to be simply a 'superhero'.
Black women in particular are the group that has to perform the most intense performance of the feminine apologetic because black women are seen as inherently more masculine than white women
Black women must perform the feminine apologetic even when they are not engaging in particularly ‘masculine’ things (so on a daily basis) just to prove their womanhood
Intersectionality can be understood as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage” (how different aspects of a person or group’s identity interact and change the way they interact with the world)
The way towards more diverse media is to support more people of color, women, trans, and other marginalized content creators trying to tell stories based on people like them.
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