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How the Media Define Masculinity

Families, friends, teachers, and community leaders all play a role in helping boys define
what it means to be a man. Mainstream media representations also play a role in
reinforcing ideas about what it means to be a "real" man in our society. In most…

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The report Boys to Men: Media Messages About Masculinity , identifies the most popular
stereotypes of male characters as the Joker, the Jock, the Strong Silent Type, the Big Shot
and the Action Hero.

The Joker is a very popular character with boys, perhaps because laughter is part of their…

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· Concerned about their appearance
· More caring

Crisis of masculinity
Since the 1980s there have been new stereotypes introduced following the rise of
feminism (e.g. traditional male roles were challenged when Thatcher came into power) and
equality etc. men are confused about what it means to be a man…


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