In recent years, there have been incredible movements to push for female weight equality within modeling. You will now see plus-size female models in most magazines. But what about men? When you look through a magazine do you see an article about how overweight males are upset because they aren’t given equality? Do you see pictures of plus-size male models? While this problem is improving within the women’s modeling industry, there has been no progress within the men’s modeling industry (Lovejoy). Perhaps this is because men have been taught that they have to remain silent, that they have to suppress their feelings. When females decide something is unfair, they fix it. They throw riots until they are finally heard. Males don’t have this luxury, they have to be tough. They just have to deal with whatever they think is unfair because they are a man and that is what men do.
Plus size model Tess Holiday with her partner, Nick Holliday from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2925112/That-ll-Mississippi-mother-29-told-fat-short-plus-size-model-finally-lands-contract-features-Vogue.html
As I was researching I started to think about who invented these expectations. The men and women that are alive today, did not. They were born into a world where this was expected of them. “Conventional masculinity is not natural,” (Nodelman 3). Masculinity is an ideal that was created when humans were first on earth. It was created by people so long ago, yet it still holds today. People alive today did not create these expectations and when they choose to not oblige with them, they are ridiculed. Phrases such as man up, be a man, you’re crying like a girl, and you throw like a girl, are used to make fun of people who choose not to conform with gender expectations. So yeah, there is a choice to not conform with gender expectations. But when you choose it, there are often tough times ahead.
After all this research, my thinking had completely changed. When I went into this research project, I honestly expected to find that gender stereotypes were harder on girls. Throughout the first few days of my research, this was supported. But then I found this one article that explained how many men also struggle with these issues. This article opened up a whole new door of research and behind this new door was a whole new perspective. After further research I came to a conclusion. Conforming yourself to the definition of masculine is just as hard as conforming to the definition of feminine.
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Nodelman, Perry, “Ways of Being Male Representing Masculinities in Children’s Literature and Film,” Routledge.
Tharp, Tim, “The Spectacular Now,” Borzoi Publication.
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