The Jackson Katz article on white masculinity and violence was good. It makes sense that working class men would find action movie heroes like Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone more appealing than upper-class men. Katz makes a good point when he says on page 263 "For many males who were experiencing unsettling changes, one area of masculine power remained attainable: physical size and strength and the ability to use violence successfully." So here Katz seems to be saying that in the midst of stressful events and adjustments being made in their lives, White men were able to idolize these action movie stars who were able to effectively utilize their physical power. Katz also makes an interesting contrast when he talks about Eminem, Kid Rock and other "angry, aggressive, white working-class males. In the 1950s, actors like Marlon Brando and James Dean were seen as edgy and angry, but their attitudes on-screen were nothing compared to the "angry white males" of today. Eminem is the ultimate angry white male. Katz makes another good point when he asks what Eminem is rebelling against. His rebellious attitude does appeal to many consumers and so Katz is right when he calls Eminem's persona as "rebellion as a purchasable commodity." I am not saying that Eminem has no legitimate reason to be angry and that it is all a ploy to sell more music, but that type of attitude is often seen in rap artists and it does usually add to their appeal. Although some artists articulate why they are angry, others do not.
I had never heard of the "slumpy class" before reading Becker's article. The points made in the class discussion today on this article were helpful in understanding the concept. The Seinfeld episode that we watched was a good example of how many people (at the time that the episode aired, especially) felt about homosexuality. Jerry and George were not completely comfortable with the concept of being gay but they did not want to be seen as prejudiced so they felt the need to qualify all of their comments on the misconception that they were gay by saying "Not that there's anything wrong with that." It was a really funny episode and they did a good job of writing the script in an inoffensive way.