Sunday, October 21, 2007

Da "Real" and The "Ideal"

Da "Real"



The "Ideal"



The first photo represents the "real" man, myth, legend Dave Pica and the second photo reveals what an "ideal" Dave Pica would be like. Right now I'm just a poor college student who enjoys hanging out with friends, going out drinking, sports, fishing, meeting women and cars. In the future hopefully I can accomplish being an "ideal" Dave Pica. A successful college graduate with a good job making decent amount of money who can enjoy having nice things, the ability to do things I love, and maybe one day settle down and have a wife.

You could say that I am very into going to the gym playing sports and the usual masculine activities. "At any given time, individual men as well as groups of men are engaged in an ongoing process of creating and maintaining their own masculine identities" (Katz, pg 351). From my collage you can see that I'm a typical masculine guy. "The differences between advertisements for male toiletries and those for female toiletries are marked and, to a certain degree, conform to certain binary oppositions which are generally accepted to relate to men and women" (Kirkhan and Weller, pg 269). Men and women are different and their products that they use should relate to them. Men are masculine while female are feminine. I see nothing wrong with advertising products differently between men and women. If I see a commercial with a women using a shaving cream to shave her legs it's not gonna make me want to run out and buy it. It does not relate to me. Products for males are typically going to have masculine qualities while female products are typically gonna display feminine qualities.


References

Kirkhan, Pat., and Alex Weller. Gender, Race, And Class In Media. London: Sage Publications, 2003.

Katz, Jackson. Gender, Race, And Class In Media. London: Sage Publications, 2003.

2 comments:

Jessie said...

Nice job Dave. I just want to point to the quotes as an area where you should really pay attention to the way they are used and integrated into the content of the assignment as well as into the sentence.

For example, you write:

You could say that I am very into going to the gym playing sports and the usual masculine activities. "At any given time, individual men as well as groups of men are engaged in an ongoing process of creating and maintaining their own masculine identities" (Katz, pg 351).

Try making an analytical link between what you're saying about yourself and what Katz's piece is contending. One way of doing this type of linkage would be like the following:

As someone who frequents the gym and is also involved in sports, I clearly participate in "the usual" masculine activities. Furthermore, this identity is not only related to myself, but also the creation of a masculine identity in the context of a group of men. As Katz contends, "At any given time, individual men as well as groups of men are engaged in an ongoing process of creating and maintaining their own masculine identities" (351).

See the rubric on SOCS (there should be a link when you check your grades for the course) for grade and assessment specifics :o)

-Jessie

http://genderpopculture.blogspot.com

Celine said...

Good words.