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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…

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    Hegemonic masculinity in advertising Aspects of identity and of masculinity are intersectional, so in order to understand hegemonic masculinity it is important to analyse it in terms of race as well as gender. The key function of advertising is to sell something, whether it is a product, service, lifestyle or message. The majority of advertisements depict life either as ‘normal’ or as ideal, thus it is telling that white men feature more prominently and more positively than men of colour in both…

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    Furthermore, despite the fact that hegemonic masculinity has positioned itself to be above other forms of masculinities and femininities (Howson 2006), it is not the most common form of masculinity. This is shown by Connell and Messerschmidt (2005, p. 832), who suggests that hegemonic masculinity is not statistically normal, with only a handful of men practicing it. Even with that fact, hegemonic masculinity is still normative (Connel & Messerschmidt 2005, p. 832). Donaldson (1993, p. 645) and…

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    Introduction I am studying Connell 's concept of hegemonic masculinity because I want to challenge all assumptions about the gender system and raise a series of problems and issues about masculinity. I want to emphasize the plurality and diversity of men 's experiences along the lines of class, race, sexual orientation, and ability. Furthermore, the common misunderstanding of hegemonic masculinity is that the concept is referred to men behaving badly or being hyper-masculine. However, it is…

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    against a background that includes a closed fist punching an image of Emperor Hirohito of Japan; the caption reads “I Shall Return.” The man is General Douglas MacArthur, who embodies the pure, rugged masculinity that America holds in such high esteem. He’s often quoted for saying, “Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.” The United States has elevated that value of sacrifice into the American mythos. That this has happened is no coincidence as the United…

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    Representations of hegemonic masculinity can be seen most prevalently in the media, as it is often emphasised and privileged over other forms of masculinity. Through combining studies of hegemonic masculinity and the representation of masculinity in films, advertising and magazines I will present a discussion on how the media usually conforms to and thus uphold the hegemonic view of masculinity, but also how it can challenge it. The majority of studies tend to focus on the United States or…

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    Disabled bodies are represented in various different ways, most of which are not in line with the traditional views of masculinity. Opsteyn (2015) argues that a lot of literature infantilizes disabled men, referring specifically to post-war writing to exemplify this. The reliance on others to perform tasks that are positioned as normal by able-bodied discourse is viewed as not only emasculating, but infantilizing. This image of the disabled male as childlike is one that remains dominant and is…

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    have agency. They are allowed and able to have several types of masculinities. The film Saving Private Ryan represents the way different men are capable of being different than just a typical hegemonic masculine man that society has…

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    Realm of Hegemonic Masculinity Up to the present time, masculinity emphasizes the enforcement of male dominance over the various areas of society. Sometimes, it might seem invisible to men because they are so normalized. Hegemonic masculinity highlights that being a man is connected to being competitive, tough, and in control. A man’s role in the family is to be in charge, provide for his family, and in modern society, his role is to keep order in an otherwise world of women. In western…

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    I believe the concept of hegemonic masculinity is the best way to explain why modern women still choose to change their last name when they get married. Hegemonic masculinity “is the complete dominance of a group of people, a type of power so complete that is goes unnoticed by the people who are dominated” (Conley 287). Another definition is “the condition in which men are dominant and privileged and this dominance and privilege is invisible” (Conley 287). The practice of a woman changing…

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