Oh man, oh man
by enrique696 on November 8, 2015 - 11:15am
The article which I’ve chosen is not the one which stand out most, or is most intriguing. Instead I chose which I believe to have the most importance. The author discusses the issue of masculinity in the media and how it is portrayed. To back up their point the author simply turned to national polls where 10-17 year olds were asked questions about programs they see. Over half of the sample TV shows reported violence, 74% of males in programs displayed behaviors such as ridicule, lying, aggressiveness or defiant acts. Sports commentators often use language of war, martial arts and weaponry to describe sports action. That is only a part of the issues that come to attention in the article.
What TV airs is very important because for many the media takes on a figurative father role and much of their values are taken from TV. By displaying the main character roles whom are the center of the program i.e. important as non-sensitive, violent and misleading people it engraves an image in children’s minds about how they should be. If they want to be respected or be important men then they must too take on those roles.
TV isn’t the only problem. It’s everywhere around us. The notion of the army “manning” people up in itself is a problem. It makes children believe that they already aren’t men and causes them to go and search for validation of the man they aim to be.
All these problems stacked together are arguably the causes of many tragedies in today’s world. Whether its wars, gang violence, crime or even mass murders. More specifically, the rise in recent school shootings. When the masculinity they’ve been so desperately searching for is questioned or completely nullified, they resort to extreme ways in attempt to prove it to others, but more importantly to themselves.
All these points are clearly backed up by the feature film “Tough Guise”. They go in depth with these notions and attempt to explain the relation to the issues that confront us. For one they point out all the war action movies or games, and how taking part in them you are suddenly awarded that man card which according to them, you did not already have.
Another problem brought up is gang violence/violence among the lower income communities. Since media often portrays the ideal man as white, rich, violent, assertive amongst other things, it makes the youth want to compensate what they don’t have by accentuating what they are capable of doing. Violence, disrespect of women, sex are only a few of those things.
All these issues are things that need to be addressed. As a society looking to move forward, it is literally impossible to do so if the people who make it up do not have a proper idea of who they should be and how they should act. It is an uphill battle since many corporations are making incredible profits off this brainwashing of our male youth. Not only does it affect males, but woman too since they are stuck in the crossfire of all these tragedies that occur.