• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

I have read the Social Organization of Masculinity, written by Connell, R.W, and the Pigskin, Patriarchy, and Pain, written by Don Sabo in my American Studies class. After reading both articles, I think they are both talking in the same topics that are th

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Bao Vo AMS 100 04/11/2012 What is our society look like in term of difference and power between the male and female? Are there any changes in the 21st century in our society? I have read the Social Organization of Masculinity, written by Connell, R.W, and the Pigskin, Patriarchy, and Pain, written by Don Sabo in my American Studies class. After reading both articles, I think they are both talking in the same topics that are the masculinity and patriarchy ideal. The Social Organization of Masculinity is the great chapter that is written by R.W. Connell. In this chapter, Connell tries to define masculinity. The author argues that the masculinity term is borrowed from the European, and it is related to novel concept. He mentions four strategies including the essentialist strategy, the positivistic, the normative, and semiotic to recognize masculinity. However, he uses the complex symbolic system instead of using these four strategies. Connell connects the masculinity back to the gender as social constructing. He states, "Gender is manner in which social practices are organize." (Connell) He describes gender as the active manner that changes through out history. ...read more.

Middle

They wanted to stand out among other men in the society. They are chasing the masculine picture such as great abs, bigger biceps, or chest because they think a man needs to be tough and strong. Nowadays, men spend hours at the gym to compete with others. Who has more sweat? Who experiences more pain? And who does have more muscle and bigger muscle? They can also boost their muscle by using the protein shake or chemical substances. Most of them don't know or won't even care about the consequences by using toxic chemical product. They use pain as the scale to measure the masculinity among all men. For example, a few days ago, I heard shocking news. One of my friends Doan, passed away at age of 18. He died because he worked out by himself at home and the weight just dropped right on his neck when he tried to rest it on the rack. The main purpose of doing gym is getting healthy, but by the social construction, masculinity just forces men get into the twist where they have to become better than others to be a tough and strong man in the society. ...read more.

Conclusion

Men are more competitive than women. Men train themselves to be tough, strong, and aggressive to face to any extreme cases. Because of the patriarchy, men are responsible for the war, criminals, and violent cases among us. They have power over other gender in American society. The idea just passes from generation to generation continuously. To be a tough, strong, and smart guy, the young boys were taught and trained to be. I'm the best example for patriarchy ideal. This idea doesn't limit in one society but it is spread out around the world. I came from Vietnam where patriarchy idea is supported strongly. In my early age, my dad taught me that I need to be strong, and always think wisely. I can't just cry as my sisters do because a man will show his weakness through his tear. For the conclusion, as we live in our society, is there anything we can do to make our society more equal between male and female? By reading these two articles, I think Connell and Sabo describe the true and real life in the 21st century. However, as an individual, we can start treat your friend or wife, and female co-workers better to improve this power and difference issues in our society. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Anthropology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Anthropology essays

  1. Evaluate social identity theory, making reference to relevant studies.

    to help those in need when they are in the same group as the person.

  2. In his movie Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond argues that geography gives certain ...

    Because of their two different geographies, the Amerindians stood no chance against the Spaniards. Another example of how geography decides which civilizations are more advanced and successful than others is the decline of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was geographically between the East and the West of the world.

  1. Trobrianders Chapter 5

    between the man and his wife's family KINSHIP AS AN ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE ALLIANCE * When a couple is married, there is an exchange between the wife and her kin with the husband and his kin.

  2. Social Values reflected in the film American Beauty

    However a spate of gun shootings in American high schools began to get people questioning this.

  1. A history of Socialism

    The Second International split into revolutionaries and revisionists before it ended at the start of World War I. Syndicalism also emerged during the early 20th century; its proponents advised workers to overthrow the government by strikes. Based on the principles of Marxism and anarchism, syndicalism advocated the replacement of the government by a series of local cooperative associations.

  2. Discussion of the article "Home of the Roma Kings", in the September 2012 issue ...

    not keeping traditions unless they benefit from them, through their new attitudes towards what they wear and where they live.

  1. Using "Ebonics" in American Schools. Schools should use only standard English. Ebonics will ...

    reminded of an unfortunate reality: despite the two dialects being variations of the same language, the language one speaks at home is not necessarily, and in this particular situation, definitely not the one employed at school. Furthermore, in a clearly informed nature, Senator Lauch Faircloth was one of many public

  2. Indian Society Essays - Corruption, Linguistic Rights and a review of "The Palace of ...

    LINGUISTIC HUMAN RIGHTS- Linguistic rights (or language rights or linguistic human rights) are the human and civil rights concerning the individual and collective right to choose the language or languages for communication in a private or public atmosphere. Other parameters for analyzing linguistic rights includes degree of territoriality, amount of positivity, orientation in terms of assimilation or maintenance, and overtness.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work