In class we discussed masculinity and modern manhood through the eyes of feminist theory, which examines issues of patriarchy and male privilege. Typically, you can tell when a male has written something about women because they usually make women do stuff they typically wouldn’t do or react. For example, 99% of the time real women won’t confront someone who will maybe kill them. Representations written by men will have the woman confront that person, which is highly unlikely. Men often like to see girl-on-girl action, which is clearly seen in the television series, The 100, directed by Jason Rothenberg. Being a male producer, he made the two beautiful female rulers fall in love with each other and then ended the show with one of them dying before they could live happily together.
We also discussed masculinity and what makes someone the “ideal man.” Masculinity tries to be a perk in our society, but if a male tries to be feminine, it is a sign of weakness, and if a female tries to be masculine, it is a sign of strength. Men are supposed to make money, be strong and senseless, and be sexual beings. Men must use the act of sex to theorize the body and gender, but society tells men to not be in a committed relationship, to not have sex with other men, but also cannot have sex with a whore. I believe society’s standards of men are absolutely ridiculous because society should not force people to be one type of person. In 2017 there are not just two sexes, and societal norms shut out that gender binary.