Masculinity Framework

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First, I want to thank all of the committee members for their support during this project. Suggestions provided by all of you helped me produce reorganize the dissertation into a more streamlined argument, primarily that Bronies are changing contemporary concepts of masculinity, well as building a new masculinity framework. Advice provided by all members gave the insight to concentrate on the masculinity issues facing the fandom and removing the editorializing parts that detract from the overall argument. Much of the nonessential digressions and stream of conscious writing is eliminated, but the key elements regarding harassment, privacy, and military Bronies remain. The segment which received the biggest overhaul was the section introducing the “concordant masculinity” framework. I begin the section with a review of dynamic changes to masculinity through hegemonic means in rural areas, followed by how inclusive masculinity is altering notions of how gender constructions are understood. Additionally, I address some of the criticism inclusive masculinity incurs, in …show more content…
Western masculinity’s definition has been modified to traditional masculinity, which reflects Mansfield’s interpretation of masculinity that highlights binaries between masculinity and femininity on page 38. Concordant masculinity is first addressed on page 1 with a summary definition of the term and then fleshed out in the analysis starting on page 140. On pages 155 – 158, concordant masculinity’s framework is defined, which entails community building, compromise, and emotional expression. This also includes, on page 149 - 151 how pop culture movements can contribute to socially progressive movements to better understand gender

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