Misogyny And Masculinity

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Misogyny and masculinity seem to go hand in hand, particularly when it comes to the representation of “men” in the media. The media dictates the behaviour that is acceptable in society, as endorsed by the hypodermic needle theory. In this particular instance, the media has been dictating hegemonic masculinity. This hegemony falls in line with what is considered the ideal man. In order to successfully be an ideal man, you have to excel, you have to assert your dominance and earn the title of the “alpha male”. Control over any emotion is also a necessity, with a leeway when it comes to anger. When angry, you are to express it through the strength you have. Violence is not the answer, unless you are a strong masculine man who can dominate the …show more content…
This concept of masculine hierarchy acts like a gradient, with the higher level of masculinity you perform as a man, they higher you are on the hierarchy (Chu 2014). The Big Bang Theory performs said concept that the media commentary discusses. This concept is that men are informed by the media rather specific ways to assert their masculinity and dominance. That if you do not hold the qualities of an ideal man, you will not attract the girl of your dreams. However, in order to fight that obstacle, you must preserve when chasing after the “girl of your dreams” (Chu 2014). That if you push hard enough, she will have to inevitably fall for your charms (Chu 2014). This is how a man proves he is at the top of the hierarchy, especially he lacks in other areas. This theory expresses a spirit of misogyny and violence, in the sense where some men are pushed to extreme measures where they force their affections on women (Chu 2014). On the flip side, if their affections are not returned, the men are disappointed and hence respond negatively (Chu 2014). This response can involve violent behaviour since men feel that they have been shaken from their position in society (Consalvo …show more content…
However, violence on the other hand, on the media is personalized differently according to the race and ethnic background of the attacker. On the other hand, what both the media commentary and required reading have in common would be the fact that it is men that do not fit within society’s form of hegemonic masculinity that tend to portray such negative behaviour due to their lower ranking in the hierarchy implanted in society. An interesting observation about the media commentary is that it did not recognise the fact that acts of misogyny happen through men that fall within the hegemonic masculinity standard and that are found on the higher points of the masculine hierarchy. However, it did recognised the fact that men in general have been encouraged to participate in behaviour where a woman is to be convinced of their affections and that their efforts will pay off eventually (Chu

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