Male Celebrities Under Protection
by E.Hopkins on March 20, 2016 - 11:34pm
The article illustrates how male celebrities often seem to face fewer repercussions in regard to violence against women. The article does this through examples like Dr. Dre and Sean Penn, whose violent pasts are rarely talked about and still manage to live very lucrative, successful lives with their reputations unblemished. The author argues that celebrity culture revolves around men. Therefore, celebrity culture is designed to protect men in order to keep their power intact. (Blay, “Why Do Famous Men Keep Getting Away With Violence Against Women?”)
An assumptions being made about masculinity in the article is that violence against women committed by men evaporates. Our focus is maneuvered towards the women who are the victims, than the men who are the perpetrators. Most actions taken after the violence has been committed has been to help the victims, rather than the perpetrators.(tough guise 2.0). Another assumption being made about masculinity in the article is that by rewarding these men with unharmed reputations we are saying that their behavior is okay. Not giving these crimes the recognition they deserve makes it seem like violence is a good way of settling disputes. (tough guise 2.0). Though the article does touch upon the violent acts that have been done, the main focus was on the sexism female celebrities face in regard to media coverage when they’ve committed heinous acts. By doing this the article also assumes that this form of settling disputes is okay for men because the acts of violence against women being done by these male celebrities aren’t given the coverage they deserve in the article.
These assumptions reflect a destructive form of masculinity. The article demonstrated the media encourages violence in men. This is harmful because violence should never be the solution to any situation, especially when it is the outcome of pressure being put on men. Men should not feel like they are not “real men” because they aren’t violent. Violence is never a positive thing, and no gains are being made when men use this to resolve issues. When young boys see these criminals getting off Scott-free they are being taught that violence is something positive. (tough guise 2.0).
The author’s thesis is that male celebrities often face less negative consequences when they have committed violent acts against women.
This piece is not representative of how the media usually talks about masculinity. One way the media talks about masculinity is by not speaking about masculinity at all. Most media coverage is gender neutral, yet violent crimes are mostly committed by men. (tough guise 2.0). The article calls this out by saying that this applies to situations of male celebrities committing violent acts against women. Another way the media usually talks about masculinity is on the subject of violence. The media encourages violence is boys and men through videogames, movies, and porn. The article shows this by telling us that letting these criminals get off Scott-free we are condoning this as acceptable behavior
Tough Guise 2.0: Violence, Manhood & American Culture. Dir. Jackson Katz. Media Education Foundation, 2013. Film.
Blay, Zeba. “Why Do Famous Men Keep Getting Away With Violence Against women?” Huffpost Women. Np. 10th sept. 2015. Web. 18 Mar. 2016