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Waters 1 John Waters Gender and Communication Professor Shearer 24 October 2019 Masculinity Masculinity is expanding. This term is one that usually holds a strong stereotype with a predominantly negative connotation. Many people associate the idea of a masculine person as someone sturdy, aggressive, or lacking emotional behavior. While that may be the case for certain people, it does not necessarily ring true for all forms of masculinity. Personally, I believe masculinity is a reflection of a person’s personal beliefs and environment. Whether conscious or not, the way we experience and interpret the world around us determines the identity we choose to create. More often than not, that means taking influences from our upbringing, media or environment, and personal principles to form our own unique version of masculinity in this case. This principle implies that masculinity is not the same for you as it is for me. It not only changes between cultures but through generations as well. Masculinity is not one set term, but rather a fluid concept that is forever evolving among cultures and generations based on a variety of social inputs. An important thing to remember when considering a topic such as masculinity is that it can apply to anyone. Susan Wortmann and Nicholas Park discussed in their article “Masculinity” how virility is the “set of characteristics, actions, attitudes, expectations, and ways of being that a particular society maintains for men” (Wortmann). This somewhat open-ended definition leaves room for exceptions and outliers when considering what makes someone masculine. However, it is also inclusive enough to acknowledge what types of behavior contribute to a male personality.
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Waters 2 It is more than just how someone portrays themselves, but rather a collection of all kinds of verbal and nonverbal communication. Finally, Wortmann includes the two most important words in her definition, pointing out that each “particular society” defines masculinity (Wortmann).
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