The Role Of Hegemonic Masculinity In Society

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Within the Millennial generation, there is a striking trend of progressive thought and liberal perspective. According to surveys done by the Pew Research Center in 2014, Millennials were found to be more politically independent, unaffiliated with religion, and supportive of gay rights than individuals of the other generations (Pew). This goes to say that as a group, Millennials are generally more open-minded and accepting than the average population. Yet, if you look at some of the largest societal outlets for this generation, such as the NBA or hip hop and rap music, you would see that an unspoken but blatant homophobia exists. With major NBA stars like Rajan Rondo using homophobic slurs, and a mysterious absence of openly gay athletes and …show more content…
This “authenticity”, unfortunately, focuses on being hyper-heterosexual, powerful, and reduced to only their bodies—sometimes only specific body parts such as the penis (Collins 106 &161). There is no regard to the intelligence or mind of the Black male, which allows the hegemonic masculinity in society to complete its goal of limiting Black men through their racialized bodies through Black males themselves (Collins 153). The consequences of a hegemonic system like such doesn’t stop here though as it affects many other demographics of Black people. By focusing on the “body”, hegemonic masculinity creates a system where bodily activity becomes the prime indicator of masculinity and authenticity for a male. Males who are good at sports and who find heterosexual partners become awarded by this system while those who aren’t are found inadequate (Connell 851). Women become markers of sexual conquest and prowess as well as vulnerable to single motherhood and sexual assault, (Collins 88 & 151). Additionally, all demographics who don’t meet the identity of the Black male including women, LGBTQ people, ill people, prostitutes and others who are “embarrassments” of the African American community. If an authentic Black person, according to this legacy of racist “authenticity” and “identity,” is a heterosexual Black male, then it must mean that LGBTQ Black people and others simply aren’t authentically Black (Collins 91 &

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