Queer eye for the straight guy : exploring abject performances of masculinity

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Vera, Melissa Anne

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My analysis of Justin Baldoni and his online series Man Enough and will talk about the ways in which the men in the series attempt to hold themselves accountable to what they consider to be new standards of manhood. They get vulnerable with each other, talk about body image, and talk about the ways in which the #metoo movement has affected their lives. They talk about male privilege and the ways in which they are trying to combat gender inequality, through keeping fellow men accountable. I will examine the character of Rogelio in the CW show Jane the Virgin. I will talk about the ways in which his camp aesthetics and performance of excess lead to his unique queering of masculinity. I will explore the ways in which his self-fashioning as a diva works to make his character less traditionally masculine. I will engage with the ways in which his race and body are separated from colonization. I will be reading his body language and gestures, and the ways in which these devices add to his melodramatic flare. I will also be speaking to the privilege that comes from his status as a man, specifically the ways in which his gender expression is queer but still gets to be a sort of playboy. I will focus on Jewish rapper George Watsky and three of his pieces entitled “S for Lisp,” “All Like Whatever,” and “Going Down.” I will talk about the ways in which George Watsky fails at what is typically expected of a white man and his masculinity. That is to say that he rejects certain aspects of hegemonic masculinity. In the same vein, he also fails to overcome his privilege as a straight, white man. This is where the running theme of accountability comes into play. He acknowledges this privilege and attempts to rectify the ways in which he profits from a system that prioritizes his needs over the needs of others.


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