An introductory statistic in this article was alarming: it's reported that 86% of all violent crimes are committed by men. It's an unfortunate fact that people are going to find ways to identify with characters in the media and reproduce their actions. The media, in turn, reflects society and this becomes the vicious continuous cycle of violent media. Many claim that it's what people want to see. All too often, constructions of masculinity in the media are depicted by characters who are seen as strong and powerful, or good protectors, if they are involved in violent acts. Even the violent bad guys are still seen as "cool" these days. It's interesting that the media almost always creates action heroes exactly the same: white, male, tall, strong, powerful, aggressive, and violent. We have Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, and the list goes on and on. I appreciated how the article took a look at these big, aggressive, violent super heroes and how they become the models of "real men" or masculinity for young white males along with touching on the "angry, aggressive, white working-class male" as an anti-authority level who is almost more attainable for men and more easy to replicate. Men in the media definitely don't get as much attention as women do. There needs to be more of a concern within our culture about the ways we are portraying men as well.
Discussion question: Men in the media who are seen as powerful and attractive are also often aggressive and violent in their behavior. Why do we reward men in our society for portraying this very limiting version of masculinity and ignore other types of portrayals? Why should we have to equate heroic masculinity with violent displays of masculinity?