Never Trust A Snake: WWF Wrestling As A Masculine Melodrama '

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Another View on Life
The photograph from the 2007 French Campaign Protests in Toulouse, France depicts a man protesting the campaign because he is not in accordance with the politician’s beliefs. It shows him having a negative attitude towards the campaign. He shows this by standing next to burning garbage cans in a crowded alley. The burning garbage cans are significant because the protestor thinks that the one candidate’s campaign is “garbage”, meaning the candidate’s ideas are atrocious. Flipping off the sky while in a crowded alley is noteworthy as well because he directs the gesture towards the candidate and his supporters, hoping to grab the attention of the people in the alley who support the opposing candidate. This picture seems to
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Since a person’s culture may hinder their ability to act naturally, WWF Wrestling gives people an opportunity to overlook their cultural norms and express their true feelings, contrary to common ideas that men should keep their emotions intact. This essay can be related to the photograph from the 2007 French Campaign based off the fact that both give a real-life example of a way that an individual has channeled their inner selves. Jenkins uses the example of wrestling and how the wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts can act however he wants during wrestling. The photographer uses the example of political protest and how the man expresses his true inner self towards the whereabouts of the French campaign. Because the man is being framed in this picture as the only one exhibiting protest-like actions, perhaps he is the only one who disagrees with the campaign. Evidence in Jenkins’s essay supports this because acting like your true self causes you to stand out in society, and the photograph depicts the man as the only protestor. That being said, he could have initiated the protest and is waiting for others to accompany him. Also, this essay can be related to Monster Culture (Seven Theses) with regards of the fact that a person’s, or monster’s (from Cohen’s perspective), body is pure culture, meaning every action a person exhibits corresponds with their cultural norms. Jenkins further elaborates on this connection by giving an example of a way that enables people to act freely, disregarding cultural norms. This is important because examples will help the reader further understand the message that both authors (Cohen and Jenkins) are trying to get

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