Male Gender Roles

Communication / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Overview of changes in traditional gender roles. Effect on men. Media portrayals of the masculine role (TV commercials & movies) which perpetuate traditional images & myths of male behavior.

Myths are not falsehoods or fairy tales, but uncontested and generally unconscious assumptions that are so widely shared within a culture that they are considered natural. Biology determines whether we are male or female, culture determines what it means to be male or female, and what sorts of behaviors and personality attributes are appropriate for each gender role (Strate, 1992, 248).
As Joseph Campbell has shown in his pioneering work on mythology, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, there is a method to what seems random. One can study stories from many different cultures and different historical periods, and find a similar structure in each tale. Campbell calls this the hero’s journey, and it goes like this: (1) the hero is taken from his..


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