Introduction: Contemporary Problems of Hegemonic Masculinity and Media:
My topic in relation to masculinity will be a detailed analysis of how the normalization of hegemonic masculinity in pornography affects the self-esteem and sexual behaviors of college age men. My research will demonstrate how pornography has become mainstream in the everyday media and advertising people are immersed in on a daily basis. Similarly, to studies about young women’s self-esteem and sexual practice, pornography and mainstream media affect the body image (Filiault,2007). Further analysis also demonstrates that pornography and media influence misogynist attitudes of young men. The hegemonic masculine standards can leave males feeling powerless, and they can only achieve power and sexual prowess through homosocial activities such as girl hunting (Grazian, 2007). These constructions of homosocial activities to assert masculine identity and power stem from pornographic film narratives that view women as sexual prey and can mirror gang bang scenarios, where males in groups make sexual conquest. If sexual conquest actually occurs males demonstrate porn narratives in the bed room and may assume that young women enjoy rough sex or anal sex.
My content analysis research will also connect how contemporary pornography has created homogenized standards of what masculine looks like. The phenotype of masculinity in pornography shows males who may have abnormally large penises, super human sexual stamina and high muscle mass. The usage of sexual cyborg performers may be linked poor body image in young men, along with the ever present hegemonic masculine archetypes of the Terminator and Rambo characters in action films. What I plan to assess and show through my research is that pornographic narratives, masculinity in the media, male sexual behavior and poor body image are all inextricably linked. By understanding these connections I hope to discover possible means to eradicate these masculine standards, and violent, oppressive sexual behaviors directed at young women.
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