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Friday, July 15, 2011

Alexis' Response to Brendan's Blog Post: "Constructs of Femininity and Masculinity in a TV-Based Aspect of Pop Culture"

I was so excited when I saw that you chose to analyze Californication for this assignment! Having had previously watched this series, and even this specific episode, I would have never thought of analyzing it but it worked out very well! 

In regards to your analysis, I really liked how you chose to focus on Hank’s stereotypical heterosexual male image that is being portrayed throughout this entire episode. Hank really does go to the extreme in a lot of his gestures to assure that others can see his heterosexuality. It is a shame that the mass media must continually demean homosexuality in such a way because it influences the viewers to behave in a similar manner, which will only continue the negativity that is projected onto homosexuals in the real world.

I also liked how you incorporated Newman into your analysis. Prior to completing this assignment we were told that doing so would be more difficult but I think you managed to fuse his ideas into your paper very well

On the other hand, I think it may have been a little more relevant if you included Lull’s piece in your analysis and referenced it to the idea of hegemonic masculinity. Though you did talk about how Hank’s character emphasizes the traditional masculine roles that are being created by the mass media and society, referencing hegemonic masculinity would have made these points more specific. 

You also could have incorporated Johnson’s piece about patriarchy into this paper. Though you mentioned that Hank is a father, you did not mention whether his standing as being a father adheres to or challenges America’s patriarchal values. 

Nevertheless, I think you did a really good job with this overall analysis! I look forward to reading your next post!

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