Blog and DQs: Katz on Masculinity

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As a woman, this was a very interesting article to read. I was able to see into the pressure from the media that men may face every day.

The first thing that stuck out to me in the article is on the bottom of page 349 where Katz writes,
"Although, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1999), approximately 86% of violent crime is committed by males, newspaper and magazine headline writers continue to use degendered language to talk about the perpetrators of violence (e.g., "kids killing kids")."
This is the first time that we've encountered someone pointing out the lack of gender being recognized in the media, nevertheless, the male gender. So far, we've only looked at how much gender is focused on, but never how it is shoved under the rug with degendered language. I'm glad we're talking about this or I probably would not have noticed!

The above idea goes along with this next quote from page 350:
"...masculinity, like Whiteness, 'does not appear to be a cultural/historical category at all, thus rendering invisible the privileged position from which (white) men in general are able to articulate their interests to the exclusion of the interests of women, men and women of color, and children.'"
Katz is making the point that masculinity and Whiteness are simply not considered realms to be explored, explained, critiqued, or analyzed. It's like overt masculinity and Whiteness are the "norms" people base other judgments upon and therefore require no further criticism.
Q: Why do you think this is? Why has "obvious" masculinity been an obvious, yet invisible norm until now?

I appreciate that Katz goes into such detail in analyzing specific ads representing masculinity. However, this article is a bit dated.
Q: Do you guys think that the representation of violence's relation to masculinity, or masculinity in general, has changed since Katz wrote this article? (Consider recent TV shows that include gay men, music artists, other ads that you've seen, etc).

Q: If you don't think it's changed much and the link between violence and masculinity is still invisible and unchallenged, how do you foresee it changing or people realizing it's there? Or do you even think it needs to change or be realized?

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