Oleanna CONTEXT - Crisis of Masculinity


Crisis of Masculinity - Oleanna Context

The 1990's produced a phenomenon of "angry white men", the American male under siege/threat, pressured to be masculine in a culture than no longer valued traditional codes of manhood.

  • Gender politics
    • John's angry reactions to Carols arguments (e.g. expletives, shocking proxemics, belittling women "little", audience applause towards moment of pity/catharsis
    • John's disagreement with the banishment of traditional elements (e.g. book lists, educational views, P.C. movement destroying manhood)

Masculine retreat to


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