By Amanda D. Lotz
the meth-dealing yet committed kin guy Walter White of AMC’s Breaking Bad,
to the part-time basketball trainer, part-time gigolo Ray Drecker of HBO’s Hung,
depictions of male characters at a loss for words through societal expectancies of fellows and
anxious approximately altering American masculinity became typical throughout the
television panorama. attractive with a large choice of indicates, together with The
League, Dexter, and Nip/Tuck, between many others, Amanda D. Lotz
identifies the slow incorporation of second-wave feminism into prevailing
gender norms because the catalyst for the contested masculinities on reveal in
contemporary cable dramas.
the emergence of “male-centered serials” reminiscent of The Shield, Rescue Me, and Sons of Anarchy and the demanding situations those characters face in negotiating
modern masculinities, Lotz analyzes how those indicates mix feminist approaches
to fatherhood and marriage with extra conventional buildings of masculine
identity that emphasize men’s position as prone. She explores the dynamics of
close male friendships either in teams, as in Entourage and Men of a
Certain Age, in which characters try out the limits among the homosocial
and gay of their relationships with one another, and within the dyadic
intimacy depicted in Boston Legal and Scrubs. Cable Guys presents a
much wanted look at the under-considered topic of ways buildings of masculinity
continue to conform on television.
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