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Essays on Masculinity

Masculinity and Macbeth

Masculinity is a sensitive subject often defended in bar fights or made fun of in juvenile jokes. A man will go to great lengths to preserve his masculinity and to prove he truly is a man. It may seem strange and even silly to most women for a man to parade about, chest thrust out, …

A View From A Bridge – Exploring Masculinity

In this piece of coursework I am going to explore the different forms of masculinity that are presented in A View From The Bridge. A view From The bridge is a play which takes place in the 1950’s when Italian immigrants were flooding into America illegally. It is a play which shows how the small …

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Problem of Masculinity by Laura Mulvey

This essay will explore the ‘problem of masculinity’ and the way Classical Hollywood cinema invests and deals with the image of the male body, drawing from the analysis of examples from Top Hat (1935) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Steve Neale argues that ‘it is very rare to find analyses that seek …

Critical Review of Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam

In Female Masculinity, Judith Halberstam laments that female masculinity has traditionally been considered to be merely an offshoot of male masculinity.  The main thesis of the book is that female masculinity should be considered a separate gender in its own right because it has its own distinct social and cultural history.  She explores female masculinity …

Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice and the Question of Black Masculinity

Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice and the Question of Black Masculinity             According to Eldridge Cleaver, writing in Soul on Ice, gender and sexuality played essential roles in the rise and perpetuation of American racism. In his final chapter “To All Black Women From All Black Men” Cleaver believes that for four hundred years the …

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