Essay on Media 's Influence On The Image Of A Man

808 Words Apr 4th, 2016 4 Pages
In today’s society if you were to ask a young boy “How do you define a man?” he will respond with words such as tough, strong and independent, if a male does not measure up to any of those characteristics then he will be considered a woos, wimp, or even a punk. Therefore, you begin to wonder where do young boys learn this definition of a man. Sexual stereotyping begins early in men 's lives. Boys learn what it means to be a man from family, and peers. These ideas about approved behaviors, and modes of thought are focused and supported by media messages such as how manhood is connected with dominance, power, and control. One major form of media that portrays the true image of a man is movies, also another form of media that provides young boys with a negative image of a man is the internet. Finally, the last form of media that degrades the true image of a man is television shows. As a matter of fact, when watching a movie with a male as the main character most times he is seen as brave, adventurous, being able to think rationally, being strong, and effective. Movie images supporting these behaviors are movies such as Taken, and Terminator. Males are also discouraged from pursuing many positive traits that are perceived as unmanly. Which include the ability to feel a range of emotions, including fear, hurt, confusion, or despair. Even talking about these feelings is considered unmanly. Men are also not encouraged to learn to work cooperatively without the need for control, to…

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