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What a Man's Gotta Do: The Masculine Myth in Popular Culture

 
 
 
 
What a Man's Gotta Do: The Masculine Myth in Popular Culture
Author: Anthony Easthope
ISBN 13: 9780415906388
ISBN 10: 415906385
Edition: 2nd Revised ed.
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 1990-09-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $38.95
 
 

What is masculinity? Drawing on psychoanalysis and an understanding of ideology, Easthope shows how the masculine myth forces men to try to be masculine and only masculine, denying their feminine side. In an original contribution to the understanding of gender, he analyzes masculinity as it is represented in a wide range of mass media —films, television, newspapers, pop music, and pop novels. Why are two men in a John Wayne western more concerned with each other than with the women in their lives? Is aggressive male banter a sign that men hate or love each other? Why does a jealous man always have to see his rival? Written in lively, witty, and accessible style, What a Man's Gotta Do is certain to become controversial but essential reading.