Culturally Dominant Models of How to be and Look a Man

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The authority of the masculine ideal of the current decade is subject to crisis, the decline of a traditional male developing out of a 1950s post-war traditional patriarchal society; born into a decline in heavy industry and the redefinition of the nuclear family. Contemporary dominant models of masculinity, still fundamentally operate of a series of traditional characteristic; the strength, the independence, the fertility and the bravery of a man (Reeser, 2011, pp. 1-8). Yet, developments in society contextualise the modern man at a crisis, with the birth of a "lad" culture, rise of metrosexuality and decreasing gender specific roles through the social progression towards egalitarianism between the sexes. Since 1963, Doctor Who has contrasted the typical representation the masculinity required in a heroic male figure, that was prominent in British Cinema after the 1950's strict construction based of war socio-historical context. The Doctor, as a masculine protagonist, lacks the physically intimidating stature, and instead provides a matinee idol appeal against the more raw performances of traditional male leads. Masculinity has furthered been questioned since the 2005 return, where the female companions gained a heroine status, most notably with the use of 'Doctor Donna'. Therefore, the ideology behind masculinity in Doctor Who has changed as feminism has become an integral and vital part to the Doctors and subsequently a moderns man's survival. The Day of the Doctor is the culmination of 50 years of a unique view of masculinity, textual analysis of the spectacle not only reinforces traditional and universal masculine traits, it displays a post feminist society. Critiquing male dominance through liberalism, metrosexuality and su...

... middle of paper ... the culturally dominant post war masculinity; however, a show set in the future requires a socially progression that has manifested itself in the intelligent metrosexuality of the Day of the Doctors masculinity.

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