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Masculine Identity

- Masculinity, similarly to other aspects of one’s identity, is being intensively discussed in contemporary society. It has undergone significant development in the last few decades which has been reflected in and accelerated by the media. This essay explores the reasons for this - it refers to historical development where appropriate and discusses the consequences of the fragmentation of male identitities. The essay starts with a brief discussion of masculinity as a term. It will draw on theories and show how the understanding of the concept changed over time....   [tags: social studies]

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Oppression of Women in Masculine Based Societies

- Throughout history, many cultures have been heavily masculine based. There are ample examples of power wielding men ruling over women. But how does this affect them. It may come as a surprise, but men have been known to abuse this power. When women are no more than second class citizens at best, and slaves at worst, there are consequences. Men never seem to pay the price for their actions, and women will undoubtedly suffer as a result. This can be found throughout all of human history and literature....   [tags: Chinua Achebe, Henrik Ibsen]

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Masculine and Feminine Norms and Gender Identity

- Throughout today’s society, almost every aspect of someone’s day is based whether or not he or she fits into the “norm” that has been created. Specifically, masculine and feminine norms have a great impact that force people to question “am I a true man or woman?” After doing substantial research on the basis of masculine or feminine norms, it is clear that society focuses on the males being the dominant figures. If males are not fulfilling the masculine role, and females aren’t playing their role, then their gender identity becomes foggy, according to their personal judgment, as well as society’s....   [tags: Gender Identity, Scoiology, Feminism]

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Development of a Masculine Identity

- Development of a Masculine Identity For many years now there have been studies conducted on feminism and it is developed through youth. But in the past two decade there has been more research focusing on the development of a masculine identity through throughout childhood and adolescence. There are many factors that effect the development of a masculine identity, but due to my childhood experiences I am especially interested in the role youth sports play in the development of a masculine identity....   [tags: Papers]

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Masculine and Authoritarian Leadership in the Film "The Devil Wears Prada"

- In the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), Miranda Priestly, the editor in chief and CEO of “Runway” fashion magazine, played by Meryl Streep. Miranda uses masculine and authoritarian ways to do leadership; she is competitive, surly, vindictive, impatient, dominate, direct, task-oriented, meticulous, demanding, and brilliant. She is viewed as a devil boss partly because she is a woman. She manages by intimidating, “Does she have to manage her staff in that manner. Is being nasty an effective leadership style?" This is not about being nasty or nice – it is entirely about being achievement oriented by focusing on performance and organizational goals....   [tags: Movies, Film Analysis, Movie Analysis]

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Masculine Bravado in Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire

- What is it to be a man. Masculinity is defined and characterized differently across cultures and time – there is no “global” standard. In some cultures, being a man may mean being comfortable with both your masculine and feminine sides or it could suggest being “tough” and not letting your feelings show at all. Manliness can be demonstrated in some cultures by providing for a family through work, and in others, it might mean scoring the winning goal in a championship game. It is not an easy thing to define an entire gender based on the arbitrary set of ever-changing social and cultural norms, but somehow- it still happens....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Masculine Identity in Hardy's Novels

- Masculine Identity in Hardy's Novels In Hardy's novels, masculine identity is explored, evolving from the solid, monolithic, patriarchal role of the mid-1800s, to less typical, nearly feminine styles of manhood. With the increasing power of women during the Victorian Era, Hardy creates men who are in a state of ambivalence about their sexuality; they either reach for the well-worn stereotype of the "manly" man, or they attempt to explore their own complicated emotions, sensitive to the needs of the emerging New Woman....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Non-masculine Roles in Othello

- Non-masculine Roles in Othello        In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello the three women characters have interesting roles. Through the dialogue and action other roles are stated or implied as applying to women.   In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne presents Desdemona’s reaction to Iago’s verbal expressions concerning women’s role as sexual objects:   Iago instead claims that four different kinds of women are sexually wanton: either their beauty or intelligence help them to bed, or their ugliness or foolishness get them there anyway....   [tags: Othello essays]

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The Great Masculine Renunciation

- The Great Masculine Renunciation At the end of the 18th century there was one of the most significant events in the history of dress. Men gave up their right to all the bright, more elaborate, and more varied forms of clothing. They left all that to the women. Men abandoned their claim to be considered beautiful. They, instead, aimed at being useful in society. Those who have studied the situation all agree that the causes for these changes were primarily of political and social nature. The also believed that in their origin the causes were associated with the great social upheaval of the French Revolution....   [tags: French Revolution Fashion Clothing Essays]

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Sex Between Masculine Depression : Externalizing Symptoms As A Primary Features Of Depression

- Sex Differences in Masculine Depression: Externalizing Symptoms as a Primary Feature of Depression in Men, is an article written by Matthew C. Genuchi, and Lauren K. Mitsunaga, published in the journal of Men’s Studies 2015, Vol. 23(3) 243–251 © 2015 SAGE Publications .In their study they seek to find out how Gender role socialization significantly affects how many men and women think, feel, and behave, which subsequently affects their depressive symptom presentation. For this study it involves an examination of symptoms of masculine depression in men and women college students....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Major depressive disorder]

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Was Sir Gawain Portrayed as Feminine or Masculine in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

- During the middle ages, sexual completions were a huge part of being considered masculine. In order for men to keep their masculinity from being considered fragile, they would demonstrate their toughness with their thoughts and actions- especially sexual actions. The duty of a man was to keep their lady friends satisfied. If a man was unable to do this, he had failed at being a man. With this being said, it is questioned how Sir Gawain, the main character of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, was able to maintain his masculinity....   [tags: sexual, father, courageous ]

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Masculine and Feminine Perspectives in Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse

- Masculine and Feminine Perspectives in To the Lighthouse       Although subjectivity and objectivity are both constantly at work in today's society, the two concepts have opposite meanings.  We can categorize subjectivity as a quality that dominates the female persona, whereas objectivity is clearly the tool of the male.  Woolf represents these two opposing views in the form of characters.  During the course of a conversation concerning the weather, Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Tansley completely sever logic from emotion and concentrate only on the facts surrounding the matter.  They believe that life can be empirically cut up into millions of facts and truths.  Mrs....   [tags: To The Lighthouse Essays]

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Masculine Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

- Masculine Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Vern L. Bullough's article, "On Being a Male in the Middle Ages," addresses how vital it was for a man living in the middle ages to be sexually active in order to maintain a masculine identity by explaining: Quite clearly, male sexual performance was a major key to being male. It was a man's sexual organs that made him different and superior to the woman. But maleness was somewhat fragile, and it was important for a man to keep demonstrating his maleness by action and thought, especially by sexual action....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Considering Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an Attack on Masculine Romanticism

- Considering Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as an Attack on Masculine Romanticism I believe that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is an attack on the masculine Romanticism, thus, meaning my agreement with Mellor's assessment. In Shelley's novel, the ambitious Romantic hero, Victor Frankenstein, challenges the laws of nature by trying to dominate the role of the females. He attempts to do so by creating artificial life, however, his attempt to tamper with the "ever-varied powers of nature", is then the cause for his "destruction"....   [tags: Papers]

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Sex, Masculine Pride, and War in Henry V

- Sex, Masculine Pride, and War in Henry V        Henry V, though reputed to be a crude, early item from Shakespeare's canon, provides many interesting and mature discussions on morality and psychology. Far from being, as it were, pre-written by being an "historical" work, it is a testament to the bard's skill that he can work so many ideas into a frame that has to take account of popular facts.   Interpretation of the play tends to revolve around issues of kingship, duplicity in Harry's self-presentation, or the consequences of war, but there is a glaring line of discussion present which has generally been missed: the relationship of war to sex and masculine pride....   [tags: Henry IV Henry V Essays]

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Comparing My Physique to the Stereotypical Masculine Image

- Comparing My Physique to the Stereotypical Masculine Image When comparing myself to most ideals of masculinity across American culture, I find some mild similarities to the stereotypical masculine image. The extreme images of bulging muscles, chiseled abs, and an expansive body presence lend some elements to my physique, but not very many. Although I do consider myself to be somewhat sportive, the general results of athletic activity don’t reap the usual results on my body. I find my strengths to be more intuitive than physical....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Frankenstein: A Warning Against Masculine Individualistic Freedom

- Frankenstein: A Warning Against Masculine Individualistic Freedom In this commentary, I wanted to examine a little further the implications of a point brought up in the presentation on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. They briefly suggested that Victor might occupy a space of idealised masculine freedom; given Victor's less than ideal fate and Mary Shelley's Feminism, such a masculine idealisation becomes highly problematic. Victor holds a privileged social position that allows him a financial and social freedom through which he can choose his occupations at will....   [tags: Mary Shelley Frankenstein Essays Papers]

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Women in Renaissance Tragedy A Mirror of Masculine Society

- Women in Renaissance Tragedy A Mirror of Masculine Society *No Works Cited The life of Renaissance women was not one that was conducive to independence, or much else, outside of their obligations to her husband and the running of the household in general. Women, viewed as property in Renaissance culture, were valued for their class, position, and the wealth (or lack thereof) that they would bring into a marriage. This being said, the role of women in the literature of the day reflects the cultural biases that were an ingrained part of everyday life....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays]

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The Influence of Masculine Gender Roles in "The Yellow Wallpaper"

- Interpretive Essay on "The Yellow Wallpaper" "The Yellow Wallpaper" tells the story of a woman living in the nineteenth century who suffers from postpartum depression. The true meaning implicit in Charlotte's story goes beyond a simple psychological speculation. The story consists of a series of cleverly constructed short paragraphs, in which the author illustrates, through the unnamed protagonist's experiences, the possible outcome of women's acceptance of men's supposed intellectual superiority....   [tags: American Literature]

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Coca Cola: The Indian Culture and The United States Culture

- India’s culture: India is one of the countries that this report will cover. Power distance is rather high in India this is evident when observing the rather extreme levels of inequality amongst individuals. It is also apparent in the work place, managers expect their team members to be obedient. Employees also count on being clearly directed when it comes to their tasks and what is expected out of them. Top down communication is employed and negative feedback rarely moves up the ladder. In this society there is no need for justification of an individuals position in the social hierarchy....   [tags: inequality, masculine society, individualists]

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The Impact of Gender on Power and Peace

- The impact of gender on power and peace has recently come under substantial inquiry. The main question here is whether both civil and international conflict is considered a predominately masculine concern, or whether this conflict is purely an outcome of a competitive system (Beckman, 1994). This essay will prove that a world in which more women are in positions of power and influence would not create a more peaceful world, and rather, “war is a political relationship between states and has nothing to do with the psychology of the individuals involved” (Nye, 2012)....   [tags: international conflict, masculine]

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Women's Independence in the 19th Century: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

- “Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.” (quotegarden) As changes in industry and lifestyle swept the nation in the mid-nineteenth century, questions regarding women’s place in society started to arise. This prompted many women to reevaluate their positions in their own lives. At the time, women were dominantly domestic figures, residing in the house to matronly care for children and tend to household duties not to be bothered with by the husband....   [tags: masculine mystique, marriage]

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Taxi Driver Masculinity Theory Analysis

- Taxi Driver Masculinity Theory analysis Released in 1976, the screenplay is set in a post-Vietnam War America. Robert DiNiro, the main character in the movie by the name of Travis Bickle, claims to be an ex marine and a Vietnam War veteran who drives a taxi at night in NYC. In his screenplay, the Taxi Driver, Martin Scoses suggests Travis Bickle a main character who undertakes the role of a cowboy, to be someone who embodies the masculine and violent traits in pre counter culture America, but also someone who represents elements of western mythology....   [tags: life, masculine, violent, hero]

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Comparative Anaylsis of Hegemonic Masculinity

- This paper compares Peter Tragos “Monster Masculinity: Honey I’ll be in the Garage Reasserting My Manhood” and Richard Majors’ “Cool Pose: Black Masculinity and Sports” in regards to males regaining their masculine identity during the transition of a gender blurred society. In Richard Majors’ article, he discusses how sport has become a major institutional context for the expression of masculinity and the development of the cool pose among black males (1). Peter Tragos article addresses how men are experiencing a backlash against the feminization of masculine culture (2)....   [tags: manhood, masculinity, masculine ]

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Children Development and Gender Identity

- Gender identity is so important in the developmental stages of children. Identity development in children crosses physical, emotional, and social barriers. Most people believe that gender identity is not an issue until the children hit puberty. However, children develop gender identities I believe starting as young as infancy. Some research has shown that there are three stages to child gender identity recognition. The first stage begins to develop in preschool ages around three and four years of age....   [tags: feminine or masculine, adulthood]

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Steroids and Sports: Baseball Problems

- No matter what level of baseball an athlete competes in, they will do almost anything to gain an advantage on their opponent and to win. Unfortunately, this leads many players; not just in professional baseball, but high school and college, as well, to turn to steroids. There have been numerous scandals amongst some of the greatest hitters in history, names such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, Sammy Sosa, and many others, are associated with using performance enhancing drugs (peds)....   [tags: nabolic and androgenic, masculine ]

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Hegemonic Masculinity In The Jay-Z / Nas Beef

- Hegemonic Masculinity in the Jay-Z/Nas Beef A conversation between two men often seems shallow and unimportant. However, male conversation can actually provide good insight as to what men feel is masculine. As Jennifer Coates explains in her book Men Talk: Stories in the Making of Masculinity, one can determine what masculine behavior is by observing dialogue between males. She points out, “in friendly talk men position themselves in relation to hegemonic masculinity” (41). This also holds true in unfriendly conversation, which is a more frequent occurrence in the rap world....   [tags: Masculine Behavior]

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Psychoanalytical Criticism of Macbeth

- Psychoanalytical criticism is a form of literary critique, which uses some of the techniques of psychoanalysis in the interpretation of literature. One of the more prevalent Psychoanalytical theorists after Freud was Jacques Lacan. In his text, “The Signification of the Phallus,” asserts that the idea of both sexes are based on the male “being” and the female “having” the phallus, and these two differences determine the relations between the sexes while also bringing them together. For Lacan, the phallus for males represents power, authority, and desire while for females the phallus signifies lack of power and agency (182)....   [tags: phallus, Lacan, Masculine Power]

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Different Views of Gender

- When one hears the word “gender” it is typically assumed to be referring to the biological sex of that individual. However, gender is not a static concept in our world anymore. The traditional spheres of what is masculinity and femininity have become increasingly muddled as our society progresses socially and becomes more accepting. Along with this, however, social processes continue to take place to enforce what we believe a man and a woman should be, in an attempt to force people to fit into what we see as being a man and a woman....   [tags: masculine, femenine, culture]

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How Masculine Identities Have Evolved Through Consumption And Representation Since The 1980 ' S

- This essay approaches the statement above by arguing how masculine identities have evolved through consumption and representation since the 1980’s, exploring how masculine identities in fashion have evolved since the 80s, aiming to achieve evidence of this through research and referencing, by exploring the history of men and fashion since this time, exploring the ‘new man’, ‘new lad’ and the male gaze whilst providing evidence of the effect that media and ce-lebrity influences have had on shaping these identities till modern day in the context of eve-ryday life....   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Man, Gender role]

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Common Masculine Themes of Superheroes Explained in Complex Masculinities: The Superhero in Modern American Movies

- ... Following the elements of what make up a masculine superhero, the author describes the biggest driving force of this idea of masculinity which succeeds to sway society: the human body. The male body displays power, superiority and masculine strength, and is shown through the superhero's actions. The body, prominently male, white, and beautiful, is shown to the audience in sublime ways; the use of camera shots to better get the low angles, the back shots, slow motion and the exploding background, all of which contribute to the character's persona....   [tags: culture, body, power]

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The Gendered Struggle: Comparing and Contrasting between Masculine and Feminine Perceptions of Honor in Two Cultures

- ... According to Honor: A History, this is in direct violation to one of the key values of an honor group such as those in ancient Greece; honor groups must be tight-knit and exclusive. Medea violating this value weakens the very foundation of the honor group. Without this foundation, the honor system comes into question, and their very existence is also called into question (Bowman). After Medea publicly asserts her own honor, society is forced to question whether Medea is justified in her actions, and if so, does this mean she truly does have honor as Jason’s wife, as a woman, and even as a barbarian....   [tags: Medea and Hamlet]

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Masculine Discrepancies on the Frontier: James Fenimore Cooper's Ideal American Man

- Masculine Discrepancies on the Frontier: James Fenimore Cooper's Ideal American Man Within the genre of the frontier novel, great consideration is given to early American ideals of masculinity. According to Aiping Zhang, in his article "The Negotiation of Manhood: James Fenimore Cooper's Ideology of Manhood in The Last of the Mohicans," James Fenimore Cooper was exceedingly interested in developing a new American definition of the ideal man. Zhang writes that "masculinity was always one of the primary issues in [Cooper's] life and his writings as well ....   [tags: Research Papers]

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The Masculine Sacrifices of Feminine Manipulation and Critique

- Ernest Hemingway, an American Novelist writes in ways which “uses a plain, forceful prose style characterized by simple sentences and few adjectives or adverbs. He writes crisp, accurate dialogue and exact descriptions of places and things” (Kramer), to reflect his thoughts and life lessons. Hemingway apart of what is considered the “lost generation” writes a vast amount on the society that exists during the time of the World Wars and how they (the lost generation) struggle in adjusting to the changes of society after the wars....   [tags: Ernest Hemingway, American Novelist, Analysis]

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Characters Embodying Features of the Antithesis of the Renaissance Concept of the Masculine Ideal in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona

- Characters Embodying Features of the Antithesis of the Renaissance Concept of the Masculine Ideal in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona The Two Gentlemen of Verona deals with the debate over the relative merits of love and friendship between two young courtiers Valentine and Proteus. One of the great debates of the Renaissance was the discussion of whether the love of a woman was a sentiment more noble than the friendship that might exist between men. We also see the first instances of later female heroines in the qualities of Julia and Silvia....   [tags: Papers]

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Defining Beauty for Men and Women in Portraiture

- Defining Beauty for Men and Women in Portraiture " ... A thing of beauty is a joy forever : It's loveliness increases ; it will never Pass into nothingness ... " What is beauty. Seemingly a continually evolving and infinitely elusive ideal - mankind has been obsessed with the concept of beauty throughout the ages. Portraiture, as an essential channel of visual communication, has traditionally been the medium through which definitions of beauty are graphically expressed. Particularly in the Renaissance where portraiture often served celebratory or commemorative purposes, it was crucial that portraits were accepted as aesthetically pleasing reflections of the social ideals of the time....   [tags: Masculine Feminine Beauty Renaissance Essays]

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Masculine Desires Expressed in Art and Media

- Suppose the locks to a Starbuck’s Café were slowing turning to seal the doors shut from any last customers. But before the latch could roll into the opposite lock, two strangers pulled open the door and made their way inside. A sight to have seen: James Bond and Keanu Reeves. They held each a large canvas and a sculpture, respectively. Both purchased their favorite coffee drinks at the local café. Having made an exception in not closing the shop at the normal time, the employee allowed the men to enjoy their beverages inside—in the comfort of the inexplicably soft couches....   [tags: Male Masculinity Gender]

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Masculine Gender in Things Fall Apart

- Okonkwo struggled his entire life with his perception of manliness. Societal expectations and norms of power, strength, and achievement were only reinforced and amplified by his loathing for his father's laziness and "womanly qualities" such as compassion, warmth, and cowardice in war. This defiance to become the opposite of everything his father was created internal and external conflict that led to Okonkwo's eventual doom. Okonkwo's angry and power-hungry personality stems from experiencing the affects of his father's failure in life....   [tags: Chinua Achebe]

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Contrasting Gender Differences in in Medea versus Wide Sargasso Sea

- Gender Differences in in Medea versus Wide Sargasso Sea Stereotypical attributes traditionally associated with women, such as having a propensity to madness, or being irrational, frivolous, dependent, decorative, subordinate, scheming, manipulative, weak, jealous, gossiping, vulnerable and deceitful were common in the times relevant to both works, i.e. Ancient Greece and in the 19th and early 20th Century. Masculine attributes in Euripides' time were more along the lines of being valiant, heroic, noble, dominant (over women,) politically powerful, assertive, and competitive....   [tags: Gender Sex Masculine Feminine Euripides Rhys]

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The Masculine Focused Ibo Culture in Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart

- 1. In traditional Ibo culture, women are not treated as equals and are equivalent to possessions. In a family, the children always belong to the father, not the mother. “I have even heard that in some tribes a man’s children belong to his wife and her family” (74). Okonkwo appears appalled to this blasphemy. It is common and ideal for a husband to possess multiple wives, and men beat their wives for even the smallest infractions. During the Week of Peace, the goddess forbids wife beating, such as when Okonkwo beat Ojiugo....   [tags: Literary Analysis, ]

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The Member of the Sad Cafe: Analyzing McCullers Masculine Female Characters

- Out of the pantheon of Modern Southern Literature authors, Carson McCullers is arguably one of the best writers to emerge out of the genre in the twentieth century. With her intricate weaving of character development, she creates personas that strike the reader memorably and come alive with the power of their own natures. Two such characters emerge from her famous short stories: Frankie Addams from The Member of the Wedding and Miss Amelia Evans from The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. These characters are unique as they both struggle to fit in with society’s ideal of women in the South, and are isolated from the ‘normal’ life of a Southern woman....   [tags: The Ballad of the Sad Cafe]

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History and Development of Policies on Gender Issues in Iran and Saudi Arabia

- “Gender, refers not to a fixed biological notion of sex, but rather to the “appropriate” social and cultural roles that society values as normal or desirable.” Thus, gender issues can be defined as those issues that evolve in response to such roles. The Middle East often attracts scrutiny in the international arena for its responses to these gender issues, and the contradictory nature of their gender policies. However, it is important to note that many factors can shape these gender norms, and these “… are the result of long historical processes influenced by the state, religion, culture, law, morality, sexuality, ideology, and economic forces as well as contemporary changes and challenge...   [tags: Masculine State, Islamic Law]

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Implications of the Masculiune Gaze in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

- ... However, this argument cannot be incorporated with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; the existence of women in the film is extremely insignificant to an extent that could be considered absent. “In a world ordered by sexual imbalance,” male serves as the dominant figures with which the viewer can identify, women only appear in the film for a very short moment of time. For instance, the appearance of women is only shown when Howard rescues the ill child in the village and his return to the village for hospitality reception, for rescuing the child....   [tags: women, gold, desire]

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Frankenstein: Shelley Use of Mascuine and Feminine Roles

- Frankenstein: Shelley Use of Mascuine and Feminine Roles Shelley began writing ‘Frankenstein’ in the company of what has been called ‘her male coterie’, including her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and his physician John Polidori. It has been suggested that the influence of this group, and particularly that of Shelley and Byron, affected her portrayal of male characters in the novel. As Ann Campbell writes: ‘[The] characters and plot of Frankenstein reflect . . . Shelley’s conflicted feelings about the masculine circle which surrounded her.’ Certainly the male characters in ‘Frankenstein’ are more developed that those of the females....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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The Social Construction of Gender Roles

- The Social Construction of Gender Roles Gender or sex roles are the expected patterns of behavior assumed to follow from a person's sex. Gender roles are not natural. They are formed by and vary within society, culture, geographic location, politics and time. There is a strong relationship between the social construction of gender and compulsory heterosexuality. People are programmed into certain gender roles and social categories through socialization and interaction with others....   [tags: Papers male masculine female feminine genders]

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

- “The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber. (1048 Words) First Draft Bravery, courageousness and fearlessness all are words that can be used to describe someone who is manly or masculine. None of these words are can be used when talking about Francis Macomber. Rich and successful, Macomber never needed to prove his masculinity to nobody. Even though undefined, in the short story “The Short Happy Life Of Francis Macomber” Masculinity is the main theme developed through the uses of imagery, symbolism and irony....   [tags: manly, maculine, symbolism and irony]

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What does it Mean to be a Man?

- What does it mean to be a man. To many people, it means engaging in physically demanding activities, such as playing sports or manual labor. Just the word "masculine" conjures up images of action movies, explosions, and fearless heroes whose ability to make jokes in dangerous situations borders on sociopathy. But by definition alone, "masculine" simply means "of or like men or boys; male." "Machismo," on the other hand, is defines as "overly virile; domineering." Throughout our lives, society teaches us that "machismo" and "masculinity" are one and the same....   [tags: physical activities, manual labor, maculine]

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Contemporary Society's Crisis of Masculinity

- Contemporary Society's Crisis of Masculinity Works Cited Not Included Masculinity is the word used to describe the broad stereotyped traits traditionally ascribed to all males in British society and the notion of how men should appear and behave. It is more accurate to refer to 'masculinities', to reflect the complexity and diversity of masculinity today. There are important differences made between 'hegemonic' and 'subordinate' masculinities; hegemonic masculinity is the dominant western image - white, heterosexual and middle class, subordinate the diverse masculinities - homosexual men, black men and the working class....   [tags: Papers Men Masculin Essays Papers]

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An Analytical View of Gender from Glee by Donald LeBlanc

- Glee is a show that features fictional high school students from different races, religions, and sexual orientations among both genders. The show places considerable influences on male and female sexualities towards the same sex and places basic stereotypes towards men and women. In the show, it is shown that many of the male protagonists are, in fact, homosexual. The show Glee places a strong emphasis on homosexuality and cross gender, between both genders. The show also portrays the typical masculine high school athlete, shows how a homosexual male can maintain his masculine appearance, depicts how one's gender is not always easy to determine and depicts women as mere sexual objects....   [tags: homosexuality, show]

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Jane Eyre : Female Empowerment

- All the females who maintain typically feminine qualities are held in much less regard than the women, like Jane Eyre, who contain masculine traits and live their lives on their own terms. Masculine traits especially in the character Jane Eyre are what cause the novel Jane Eyre to be a forward thinking book in the terms of female empowerment. “Jane’s somber appearance, reflective of the lesson in androgyny given by Brocklehurst, boasts none of the pampered adornment of Jane’s coquettish rival, Blanche Ingram, or Jane’s highly feminine pupil, Adele” which adds to the masculinity of her character and definitely separating her from the rest of females in society (Godfrey 858)....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Transgender]

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Learning Gender In a Diverse Society

- In this article, Shaw and Lee describe how the action of labels on being “feminine” or “masculine” affect society. Shaw and Lee describe how gender is, “the social organization of sexual difference” (124). In biology gender is what sex a person is and in culture gender is how a person should act and portray themselves. They mention how gender is what we were taught to do in our daily lives from a young age so that it can become natural(Shaw, Lee 126). They speak on the process of gender socialization that teaches us how to act and think in accordance to what sex a person is....   [tags: Gender Issues]

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Masculinity in the Works of Herman Melville

- Herman Melville’s novels, with good reason, can be called masculine. Moby-Dick may, also with good reason, be called a man’s book and that Melville’s seafaring episode suggests a patriarchal, anti-feminine approach that adheres to the nineteenth century separation of genders. Value for masculinity in the nineteenth century America may have come from certain expected roles males were expected to fit in; I argue that its value comes from examining it not alone, but in relation to and in concomitance with femininity....   [tags: Moby-Dick Essays]

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The Feminine Side Of Male R & B Singers

- “Often” encapsulates the masculine side of male R&B singers through various use of lyrics and imagery. The song opens with The Weeknd staring emotionless into the camera, a blank stare almost as if he is in his own world. Showing very little to no emotion is widely accepted as an extremely masculine trait. In one of Devors ' essays he says “men/who conscientiously avoid anything associated with femininity are seen as exuding masculinity”(Devor 139). This can be interpreted as expressing emotion is associated with being feminine, so by not showing emotion The Weeknd exudes masculinity....   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Femininity, Male]

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Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

- In both Neuromancer and Dawn other characters use gendered stereotypes to devalue both Lilith and Molly’s gender. Both women support multiple physical enhancements that serve to push them more into the masculine by enhancing their strength. Through these enhancements characters not only take Lilith and Molly out of the female gender role but take them entirely out of the female identity. Both women are dehumanized as unnatural. Case and Molly meet a man named Terzibashjian who remarks on Molly: “‘In Turkey, women are still women....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Masculinity]

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Determining The Rate Of Gender Typed Play? Preschool Children Based On The Various Social Settings

- This study aims to determine the rate of gender-typed play in preschool children based on the various social settings they come in contact with. The settings examined were solitary play, play with only female peers, play with only male peers, and mixed-gender play groups. Analysis of the Presence of Gender-Typed Play in a Solitary Play Setting. For boys and girls playing alone, I hypothesized that their play would be gender-typed (e.g. masculine for males). To determine this I found the percentages for each type of play the child engaged in when alone....   [tags: Gender, Male, Grammatical gender, Sample size]

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Media And Literature : The Rulebook Of Manhood No One Asked For

- The Rulebook to Manhood No One Asked for: How Media Continues to Plague Our Lives It is simply naïve to disregard the overwhelming influence that the media and literature has had over the public over the past century and more precisely, in our youth. As a society, we constantly twist ourselves to fit the mold presented to us through various media outlets (e.g. TV, movies, magazines, advertisements, etc.) and in literature we encounter in our lives for a multitude of reasons. Throughout time, men have been presented to fit very traditionally masculine traits based on a preconceived narrative as to what it means to be a man and how to present oneself in order to be perceived as manly by oth...   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Man, Male]

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Emmett’s Experience in Vietnam in the Novel In Country

- This is In Country was a bit of a disappointment for me. I read and really enjoyed Mason’s Shiloh and Other Stories so my hopes were high. And while I enjoyed the novel, I had difficulty connecting with the characters and the setting of the story, which might have been purposeful on Mason’s part. She seems to suggest the impossibility of recapturing a historical event through narrative. All of her references to temporal and regional aspects of culture, such as the song titles and K-Marts and McDonald’s-es, prohibit both Sam and the reader from delving into the experience of another time....   [tags: war, veterans]

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Analysis Of ' You Are Horribly Nervous '

- and others him as the weaker person remarking, “you are horribly nervous” (Wharton 166). Ellen’s drawn out masculinity before the fire allows her to recognize Newland’s lack of masculine gender performativity and she as adopts the heteronormative male’s role of othering the other sex as weaker. These reversals of gender identity are produced “as the truth effects of a discourse of primary and stable identity” formed under outside of social control (Butler 136). This inner conflict for Newland and recognition of fluidity continues in the scene as: He continued to lean against the chimney-piece, his eyes fixed on the hand in which she held her gloves and fan, as if watching to see if he had t...   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Grammatical gender]

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The Importance Of Being Born A Boy

- Being Masculine To be masculine, goes way beyond just simply being born a boy. It involves the way one acts, the way one talks, the way one dresses, and just ultimately the way people perceive one another. Even the smallest of acts or gestures can distinguish people from being masculine or not. Being masculine is a concept that has been imbedded into our minds through t.v, movies, advertisements, sports, and a variety of other influential factors. There is a set standard in today’s society as to how guys are to be perceived and how women should....   [tags: Homosexuality, Gender, Adolf Hitler, Man]

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The Identity Of The Athenian Male Citizen

- Euripides’ Bacchae presents a challenge to the identity of the Athenian male citizen. The tragedy undermines masculinity and traditional gender roles by exposing their vulnerability and easy transgression, implicates Athenian ideals of rationality and self-control in the fall of Thebes’ royal household, and complicates the concept of what it means to be a citizen. With Athens’ defeat in the Peloponnesian War looming, Euripides represents the Athenian anxiety as they faced their potential destruction and loss of their city and their identity....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Dionysus, Masculinity]

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Gender Roles And Women 's Rights

- perceiving as manly in which makes them feel comfortable and to approachable to ladies. Furthermore, drag kings is another way of expressing themselves to be manly. The magazine entitled Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide acknowledges “about connection between female transvestites and lesbianism throughout history, the rise of lesbian feminism along with the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of female masculinity.” When they had discussed about the rise of female masculinity portrayed that the women’s rights were not given during the 1900s and if in today’s society there is also limited rights for the women as well....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Transgender]

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Gender Roles And Gender Role

- First, I am a male and thus embody and portray a lot of masculine qualities as part of my gender role in Society on a day-to-day basis. I do this in that, my mannerisms are in line with that of a masculine male, such as how I control my hands whilst I talk, how I stand, how I dress, and so on. I feel I do this as part of a learned behavior because of how I grew up in a household of mostly males—I had a brother and no sisters, I was closer to my dad who embodies and portrays more masculine qualities than being closer to my mom who embodied more feminine qualities....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Masculinity, Male]

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Hofstede 's Dimensions Of Culture

- Hofstede’s Dimensions of Culture in Canada With much curiosity about the country, I dedicated this paper to discovering Hofstede’s Dimensions of Culture for Canada. Although I have never been to the country, I found that Canada’s dimensions of culture are very similar to those of the United States. In many countries, it is common for the dimensions of culture, such as, masculinity/femininity, and long-term vs. short-term indulgence to effect Canada’s national culture as well as the management culture in the country....   [tags: United States, Canada]

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Masculinity and Hemingway

- Through short stories he published throughout his career, Hemingway uses the relationship between the semi-autobiographical Nick Adams and his father Henry to examine various typical masculine behaviors. While a casual viewing of Hemingway’s subject matter might lead some to believe that he was endorsing hypermasculine behavior through his work, a more thorough reading endorses exactly the opposite view. By closely reading and critically examining Nick and Henry Adams’ interactions, I will explore various ways in which Hemingway condemns hypermasculine behavior and illustrates the internal conflict of men defining their masculinity in the modern world....   [tags: hypermasculine behavior, Nick Adams, men]

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Gender Inequality and Patriarchy

- Gender inequality has been an issue since long before the 1840s, when feminists finally brought the problem to light. Most ancient cultures were societies based on gender inequality, skewed towards male-dominance. Most societies are still mostly patriarchal, in fact. Patriarchy is the root of discrimination between sexes and genders and has been for a very long time. The words ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are commonly confused with each other in regular, everyday conversations when the two have very different meanings....   [tags: Feminists, Social Issues]

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Wuthering, By Jane Eyre

- In Jane Eyre, effeminate qualities are vilified and the most effeminate character, Blanche Ingram, is simply a gold digger who has no thoughts of anyone else unless there is something for her to gain. Blanche even denies Mr. Rochester when a ‘rumor’ is let out that his “fortune was not a third of what was supposed” and therefore ignores him (Brontë 351). Throughout Blanche’s part in the novel, Jane is jealous of her beauty and wealth of feminine qualities while her own androgynous and masculine traits grant her the chance to be with her beloved in the end....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Masculinity]

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`` Sweat `` By Zora Neale Hurston

- Society is constructed of people living together, were many ideas and stereotypical ideas are laid out. Based on the norms that were created, men and women try to act and perform the duties, where others who don’t seem different from that society. People’s ideas and concepts allow work and other activities to be placed into categories based on whether it is feminine or if it is masculine and only men can perform that task. Similarly, in the short story “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston the protagonist Delia Jones, is both masculine and feminine because of the roles she has taken as a worker and a wife in her marriage relationship explaining how a women can possess both qualities that traditional...   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Short story]

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The Importance of Maintaining Gender Roles

- In today’s society, gender roles play a large part in formation of the individual. The photograph chosen, which appeared on the Boston Globe’s website and was captured by John Tlumacki, exposes the emotion of a three-year-old boy saying goodbye to his father before deployment, while including references to military masculinity and gender roles. At first glance, the viewer sees the obvious separation between the civilians and the Military Police Soldiers through physical distance. There is a clear discrepancy between the structures of these two sides....   [tags: formation of the individual]

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Social Roles Of A Young Age

- It is widely accepted that masculine is synonymous with male and feminine with female. While it is typical for males to enjoy typically masculine activities, it is seen negatively when males enjoy a typically feminine activity. Not only is it seen as a bad thing, but young boys are often bullied or even punished for liking something that is seen as feminine. Girls are also often shunned for liking anything associated with masculine hobbies, usually having to prove that they “are not like like other girls”, insinuating that even girls who happen to like feminine activities are not to be sought after in this particular social system....   [tags: Gender, Sociology, Noun class, Femininity]

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Movie Analysis : ' Mulan '

- Be a man. You must be as swift as the coursing river. Be a man. With all the force of a great typhoon. Be a man. With all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon. Most will recognize these lines as the chorus from one of the most popular songs from the Disney movie Mulan. The scene that features this song is where the drill sergeant is training the new recruits on how to be “real men” and defeat the Huns. The song is naturally triumphant instilling in these soldiers that to be real men, they must be strong, fast, powerful, and mysterious....   [tags: Masculinity, Gender, Male, Man]

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Personality Traits Of Arya Stark

- First of all, Arya 's masculinity can be explained by her high level of openness. According to the dispositional domain, personality trait refers to the average tendency of affection, behaviors, and cognitions (thinking) that are stable and consistent (Larsen, 2011). Personality traits are necessary for describing a person because they filter out unnecessary information by categorizing and organizing these random behavioral tendencies into manageable size so that we can use them to discover the essence of a person and predict behaviors....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Gender identity, Sociology]

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Masculinity : Masculinity And Femininity

- While we tend to look at the world in a gendered fashion, there are differences in what’s considered masculine and feminine. In addition to varying from person to person, the concepts of masculinity and femininity also vary across time periods, across different cultures, and even across the span of an individual’s life. Kimmel pluralizes these terms to “acknowledge that masculinity and femininity mean different things to different groups of people at different times” (Kimmel; 10). He goes on further to reference sociologist R....   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Gender studies, Man]

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Fairy Tales Are On Young Boys

- Fairy tales have been prevalent throughout our culture for well over a century, found in in books, films, and plays. These stories are everywhere, but few people think about the effects these fairy tales could be having on people, especially young boys. If you take a closer look at these tales you’ll find several negative impacts that fairy tales have on young boys. The negative effects of fairy tales are that they teach young boys to be abusive towards women, they either portray men as either unrealistically masculine or as incompetent fools that will need to be rescued by the unrealistically masculine hero, and finally they perpetuate the falsehood that as long as you are either rich or o...   [tags: Boy, Man, Bullying, Princess Jasmine]

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Portrayal of Masculinity in Art

- Portrayal of Masculinity in Art According to several versions of the Webster dictionaries, the word “masculinity” refers to the characteristics of being masculine, manly, male stereotypes, having or occurring in a stressed final syllable <masculine rhyme>, having the final chord occurring on a strong beat <masculine cadence>, of or forming the formal, active, or generative principle of the cosmos. The word “masculinity” overall reflects the stereotype of men being a strong force, in music chords or in general....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Gender Differences in Communication

- Gender Differences in Communication Linguists have studied the controversial topic of gender differences in communication for quite some time. The relationship between gender and language has developed into a widespread debate in the field of sociolinguistics. Sociolinguistics refers to “the study of language as influenced by social and cultural factors” (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Sociolinguists will argue both for and against the idea that gender directly influences verbal and nonverbal language....   [tags: linguists, parents, socialization]

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Gender Typed Play : A Very Apparent Aspect Of Preschool Aged Children 's Play Experiences

- Gender-typed play is a very apparent aspect of preschool aged children’s play experiences (Goble, Martin, Hanish, & Fabes, 2012). Research indicates that female children prefer to play with feminine items, and male children prefer to play with masculine items (Goble et al., 2012). It is also evident that children prefer to play with peers of the same-sex (Fabes, Martin, & Hanish, 2003). This could potentially contribute to why research tends to show the same patterns in gender-typed play. However, not every research study has shown this, so what, then, accounts for the variability that can be seen within these preferences in pre-school aged children, and why is this trend so apparent in this...   [tags: Gender, Grammatical gender, Gender-neutral pronoun]

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Defining Masculinity and Femininity: The Yin and Yang of Gender

- In the article, "Becoming Member of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender" by Aaron H. Devor, Devor discusses how gender is formed in society. Normally, femaleness and maleness appear to be "natural," instead of something caused by socialization. Although, in this article, Devor finds that while there are obviously biological reason behind why one chooses the gender they choose, there are also social factors that play part in how maleness and femaleness are created. Throughout this article, Devor discusses what defines one as a male, and one as a female....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Women Paint Their Nails And Men Drink Beer

- Women paint their nails and men drink beer. That is the way things are supposed to work, but not according to Harry Styles. Styles has shown time and time again that he does not believe or participate in gendered stereotypes such as the ones listed previously. Society dictates that women can only do things that are considered feminine such as cooking, cleaning and watching romantic comedies. Men can only do things that are considered masculine such as watching football, drinking hard liquor and liking and fixing cars....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Noun class]

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The Trailer Of The Film, La Mission

- Chicanos and Chicanas are often stereotyped by people based on crude and unfair assumptions but at the same time, these stereotypes are often based on the truth. Movie directors are no exception as they attempt to understand and give representation to entire Chicano/a and Latino/a culture in society. The trailer of the film, La Mission, Che seems to be happy with his life until he realizes his son, Jes, is gay. Che then finds himself in a struggle to accept the homosexuality of his son while at the same time, Jes is struggling to find his own identity and to fit into society....   [tags: Homosexuality, Sexual orientation, Gender]

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Analysis Of Snake And The Yellow Wallpaper

- The notions of masculinity and femininity are prevalently addressed by the authors of both Snake and The Yellow Wallpaper, with attention being drawn to these concepts through various approaches. Firstly, both Jennings and Gilman, authors of Snake and The Yellow Wallpaper respectively, present the expectations and existing rules that surround the gender roles connected to both the masculine and feminine. Having established these roles, the authors use their characters to present both a submission and subversion to the notions of masculine and feminine, while juxtaposing and critiquing these two concepts....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Gender studies]

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