Nick Piccirillo MUS 1933 February 4, 2008 Words Masculinity and Femininity in Rock Music Rock music has had both a positive and a negative effect on gender issues depending on your point of view and what gender you are talking about. When it comes to masculinity, rock and roll music has completely changed the way masculinity is viewed by the whole society. On the other hand, it is the exact opposite for femininity. The way society views femininity affects the way “feminine” rock is viewed by the general public. As Tim Riley states in his essay “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, society used to view John Wayne as the typical archetype of what “masculinity” should be: strong, calm, courageous, and with little regard for the women the supposedly love. However, this archetype changed when rock music became more popular and Elvis Presley became the definition of “masculinity”: “Presley openly shivered with the thrill women gave him, groaned with the force of desire, pleaded for love without embarrassment, and personified romantic exuberance.” (Riley). What interest me most about these examples of how popular culture
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MUS 1933 taught by Professor Lomer during the Spring '08 term at FAU.