Sorry if I offend anyone by saying this, but I don’t think I could honestly care any less about the feminist movement. I know that probably sounds bad and that I might have made some enemies just now, but I’m kind of over women complaining all the time about stereotypes in the media and how it influences us to be skinny and sexy 24/7. I’m not just over it because I hear it all the time or see countless posts on Facebook about gender equality; I’m over it because more likely than not, women neglect the fact that men are faced with just as many stereotypes.
This preface might seem pointless, but trust me, it isn’t. I’ve done a lot of research and written some papers and conducted a content analysis study all about this idea of hegemonic masculinity and its acceptance or rejection in mainstream media. So going into this repurposing assignment, I thought it only natural to transform one of these pieces.
When we got into our groups I was leaning toward one piece quite heavily, so I think that for me, talking with my group members just confirmed what I already knew I wanted to do. Even when I explained the two potential paths, they all mentioned how much more excited I was for my first idea and told me to go for it.
Without further ado— for this repurposing assignment I am taking an essay that I wrote my freshman year in Communication Studies 101 about the masculinities represented in Modern Family and transforming it into a GQ Magazine article. Seeing as the original essay was written for a college class, it takes on a more academic tone as I argue that there are more masculinities represented in Modern Family than simply that of a hegemonic male.
The goal of the original assignment was to watch a television show analytically and apply concepts that we learned focusing on representations of women, African Americans, citizenship, or masculinity. Obviously, I chose masculinity and I analyzed the characteristics of the predominant males in the show. The research on this essay wasn’t very excessive; I just drew from the lectures and some readings, so most of the paper was just a content analysis.
While I wrote the original essay for my professor and GSI, in repurposing it, I want to write it for a male audience. We learned a little bit about how not a lot of men are taught these other types of masculinity, and so they feel that they need to just fit one standard mold. I really just want to help the guys out and make this piece the most meaningful by showing men that there are more ways to be manly than one.
In terms of a venue, writing it as a GQ article not only creates the audience that I want, but also the style of writing. It’s actually one of my dreams to write for a magazine someday, so I thought I would take advantage of this opportunity and combine my love for magazine editorial writing to make the repurposed piece less formal and more conversational.
I would talk about my other option for this assignment, but it would just be a massive waste of your time to make you keep reading. I knew from the day that Shelley assigned this to us that I wanted to repurpose my “Multiple Masculinities in Modern Family” paper, and I am honestly looking forward to giving this piece a new home.