By Amanda D. Lotz
the meth-dealing yet committed kin guy Walter White of AMC’s Breaking Bad,
to the part-time basketball trainer, part-time gigolo Ray Drecker of HBO’s Hung,
depictions of male characters at a loss for words via societal expectancies of guys and
anxious approximately altering American masculinity became general throughout the
television panorama. attractive with a wide selection of indicates, together with The
League, Dexter, and Nip/Tuck, between many others, Amanda D. Lotz
identifies the slow incorporation of second-wave feminism into prevailing
gender norms because the catalyst for the contested masculinities on exhibit in
contemporary cable dramas.
the emergence of “male-centered serials” comparable to The Shield, Rescue Me, and Sons of Anarchy and the demanding situations those characters face in negotiating
modern masculinities, Lotz analyzes how those exhibits mix feminist approaches
to fatherhood and marriage with extra conventional structures of masculine
identity that emphasize men’s position as companies. She explores the dynamics of
close male friendships either in teams, as in Entourage and Men of a
Certain Age, in which characters try out the bounds among the homosocial
and gay of their relationships with one another, and within the dyadic
intimacy depicted in Boston Legal and Scrubs. Cable Guys offers a
much wanted check out the under-considered topic of ways buildings of masculinity
continue to adapt on television.
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