Identity, Gender, And Gender Norms Essay

1554 Words Apr 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Haefner also interprets inclusive masculinity in subculture allow for identity exploration. He notes the importance of communities that foster identity construction because they give young people the space to experiment with their identity and challenge traditional gender norms:
While impossible to generalize across the diverse array of subculture, let alone specific scenes, subcultures have provided space for young men to challenge hegemonic relationships. In fact, participants in some scenes actively fight sexism and misogyny and vociferously support more inclusive masculinities. Generations of young, subcultural men have transitioned to adulthood, amid at least some exposure to antisexist, queer-positive ideas, creating fissures in which inclusive masculinities, and more inclusive relationships, might blossom. [emphasis original]
In the case of Bronies, concordant masculinity allows young men to express themselves and share their feelings in a space which does pass judgment on the basis of gender, race, sex, or religion. Haefner even explicitly points out how the Brony fandom accomplishes this in their fandom, “Bronies’ motto is ‘love and tolerance’, a nod to the show’s values but also a refutation of the relentless, denigrating criticism they receive for their gender transgressions.”
Messages of love and tolerance within the Brony community are indicative of how much of an influence concordant masculinity has within the fandom. The mantra means more to this fandom…

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