Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century

Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century

Amanda D. Lotz


From the meth-dealing yet committed family members 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 puzzled by means of societal expectancies of fellows and concerned approximately altering American masculinity became general around the tv panorama. enticing with a large choice of exhibits, together with The League, Dexter, and Nip/Tuck, between many others, Amanda D. Lotz identifies the sluggish incorporation of second-wave feminism into winning gender norms because the catalyst for the contested masculinities on reveal in modern cable dramas.

Examining 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 smooth masculinities, Lotz analyzes how those indicates mix feminist methods to fatherhood and marriage with extra conventional buildings of masculine identification that emphasize men’s position as companies. She explores the dynamics of shut male friendships either in teams, as in Entourage and Men of a undeniable Age, in which characters attempt 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 offers a far wanted inspect the under-considered topic of the way structures of masculinity proceed to conform on television.

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