Understanding Hegemonic Masculinities On The Nerd Culture Essay

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Understanding Hegemonic Masculinities in Nerd Culture

In this essay I will explore the theory of hegemonic masculinities in relation to two texts, the first being the theoretical framework in the book chapter Understanding Men on Television (Lotz), then I will show how this theory of hegemonic masculinities plays out in Your Princess is in Another Castle; Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds (Chu). The ideas of hegemonic masculinities can be understood in relation to what it means to be apart of the dominant groups within nerd culture, as well as what power is then awarded to you because of this status. The effects on society because of this can be widely noted, with particular examples of ‘maleness’ on television.

To understand the concept of hegemonic masculinities we first need to understand masculinity. Masculinity has often held power within society, but this does not mean men are not subject of the oppressive nature that this construct can have. Masculinity plays a role in reinforcing patriarchal society and can include characteristics and behaviours that work to “assert mens ‘natural’ place as leaders and their superiority over women” (Lotz 35). Men who deviate from the norms of masculinity can often be perceived as bad, but in most cases their authority is not questioned, because of the ideas reinforced by hegemonic masculinities, and the variation that can occur in different sub-cultures and situations. This understanding of masculinity has been developed…

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