Adversity In The Performance Of Masculinity

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Redefining masculinity, particularly the self-control element, through status updates, my focal-follow admits to his social vulnerability which he attempts to combat using inspirational quotes. Power along with control intricacies form the basis for my focal-follow’s warrior digitally mediated identity that helps him overcome emotional implications resulting from harsh societal circumstances. Focusing on the stressors that trigger depressive and suicidal thoughts, my focal follow integrates talk about adversity in his performance of masculinity. Reinforced by the all-male surroundings he constantly finds himself in, such as; his four brothers at home, the private catholic high school he attended, and the college fraternity he joined, his masculine …show more content…
Acknowledging and addressing his vulnerability, my subject offers an alternative pragmatic representation of masculine behavior, one in which masculinity means being in control of one’s emotional well-being despite adverse circumstances. Publicly sharing the unfavorable situations he faces, he practices gender in an unorthodox way. In spite of a lifetime of socialization in all-male environments that encouraged the suppression of emotions, he has been able to incorporate talk about emotional health in his online portrayal of masculinity. In the world of academia, masculine discourse seems to be highly fixated on masculine emotional obscurity, however my research unravels the assumptive factors of the ideological masculine identity attributed to nearly all males. By encapsulating all males under the widely held concept of masculinity the big picture of the functionality of masculine stances, particularly those of self-control, is missed. Distinctively looking at the online behavior of one individual, I intentionally disregard the broadly understood concept of masculinity, and instead narrow in on an individualistic

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