Two people can look at the same identical one image and conclude with more than one perspectives. In other words, looks can be deceiving. Individual perspectives are different because “identity is a mode of thinking about ourselves” (Barker, 222). To begin, I must first decide what this image is trying to say about the image, “Modern Young Man” (Barker. 313). Thus, my goal of this paper is to deconstruct the image by utilizing a comparison analysis of two objectives involving the subject of masculinity. Interpreting what is masculine means is challenging. Masculinity is defined as “a discursive-performance construction that describes and disciplines the cultural characteristics associated with what it means to be a man; that is, culturally regulated behavior regarded as socially appropriate to men” (Barker, 505). Plus, according to the website, Dictionary.com, the definition of masculinity is “pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men” (Dictionary.com, 2015). Because of this, the first objective is to determine to what extent is this image a representation of unconventional masculinity. Then, the second objective is to ascertain what extent does the image also reproduce conventional masculinity. In any event, I will conclude that the image is trying to say that the visual representations about modern young men have significantly changed over time.
To some that view the image, “Modern Young Man” (Barker, 313), they might interpret it as a representation of unconventional masculinity to a certain level “since what it is to be male varies across time and space so ‘masculinity’ can be understood as a cultural construct” (Barker, 311). In my opinion, I am inclined to agree with t...
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...as this superior philosophy of it is “us versus them” towards other minority races, e.g., African Americans, Hispanics, Native American, disable persons, etc. The fifth attribute deals with secrecy as men seemingly know how to keep secrets as they witness stuff but do not say anything about it. For example, the male in the image does not seem to display any emotions.
In conclusion, the one image of the ‘Modern Young Man’ (Barker. 313), can produce two different perspectives as it relates to being masculine. A viewer must always remember that looks can be deceiving, especially during various periods of time. As a result, after deconstructing the image, I conclude that this image is trying to say “the concept of masculinity is blurred, is uncertain in its meaning, and tends to deemphasize issues of power and domination” about modern young men (Connell, 2005).
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