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Unformatted text preview: Susan Martinez April 1, 2010 Deviance and Social Control Extra Credit BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER: The Side Effects of Being an American Since the 1980s and up until now, young boys idolized Arnold Schwartzenegger, Sylvester Stalone, and Hulk Hogan because of their huge muscles. Men wanted to work out at Gold’s Gym. Why? Because that’s where Arnold Schwartzenegger worked out. I guess you can say the men are just trying to “live the dream”. But what exactly is the dream? This overemphasis on winning and achieving status through appearance in the media has changed the perceptions of men in this country nationwide. Men want to be bigger, stronger, and faster at any cost, and if they cannot achieve this, then what do they do? They turn to steroids. This documentary focused on the status group of men living by what it means to be an American; being prideful on an outward appearance as a representation of who they are. It is obvious to one that being an American has been distorted throughout the years and has led to the ongoing controversy of steroid use among men, athletes, and for personal self gain. “Juiced Up” talks about a few men using steroids. Among these men who have used, the one thing they have in common is that they wanted to gain status and the respect of their peers by being noticed. “My whole priority was that I wanted people to say, ‘That guy’s huge’” (Hewitt et being noticed....
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This note was uploaded on 02/15/2012 for the course SOC 0471 taught by Professor Romesberg during the Spring '09 term at Pittsburgh.
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