Essay on The Theory Of Exclusively Masculine Identity

1347 Words Dec 7th, 2014 6 Pages
Katherine Allison
WS 300
Nov. 26, 2014

The theory of exclusively masculine identity forms a collectively accepted belief or idea of how males are supposed to go about their daily lives. Masculinity is an institutionally and socially prescribed role; however, males play an active part in defining and altering masculinity. For this reason, what is considered masculine varies geographically, culturally, as well as over time. Time and again, the majority of males tend to use language, work, sports, crime, sex, etc. to construct and reconstruct gender and masculinity. The idealized form of masculinity in a given place, time, and culture is intentionally used to connote the hegemony involved in the patriarchal system of gender relations. Moreover, it embodies the most honored ways of being a man: requiring all men to position themselves in society, by the self-legitimated ideology, through the subordination of women.
In our culture men utilize their agency to reproduce masculinity by using guns, fists, sexuality, a mountain bike, physical labor, cars, and financial strength. In addition to the aforementioned activities, the social structuring of ethnicity, sexuality and economic status are also tied to gender and power. Furthermore, marginalized men may attempt to compensate for their subordinated status by constructing alternative forms of masculinity, as well as, dismissing sexual risk and engaging in greater risk-taking behaviors in order to live up to ideals of hegemonic…

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