Misogyny, Masculinity, And Masculinity Essay

1494 Words Aug 21st, 2016 6 Pages
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 situation physically and not portray any form of weakness. A true contradiction in itself, the media both condones and objects to violence occurring from men. Society and media affirm the notion that violence against women is not accepted, yet subtle forms of misogyny are encouraged and deemed as favourable by the media. This whole contradictory mess will be analysed in this critical response to The Daily Beast’s media commentary titled, “Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds”.
Hegemonic masculinity refers to the notion that there is one form of masculinity is both endorsed and encouraged by the media, where this form of masculinity, or rather “ideal man” is placed in a dominant position in society (Consalvo…

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