Tonight, I am writing an analytical essay that tries to look at masculinity in television shows set in an office/professional environment. I chose this topic because television has been one of if not the, key inputs that shaped the construction of my schema of professionalism and masculinity.
In particular, I want to look at the way this is done in 4 shows: Suits, White Collar, Mad Men, and The Office. Suits is my favorite.
The last two pictures illustrate the data I’ve accumulated. Wut.
Time to make all those numbers mean something. Essay time, son.
Stop procrastinating on Tumblr.
Edit: Well, I’m done. It only took me like 9 hours of uninterrupted time at the SLC. Noise canceling headphones are the bomb. This place filled up behind me (I’m underneath the stairs, facing a wall and an office) without me noticing! In le zone.
When I turned in my paper, my prof asked me what I thought was the most surprising or interesting thing I learned while doing my research.
I froze for a minute, but then remembered that I had just written it.
So I told her that I thought it was really interesting how the age-old schema of american masculinity aka the stoic gung-ho gunslingin cowboy hotshot guy was a dying breed and that sort of bravado only lives in the office conference room and other such showdown zones. I told her we’re in a new transitional phase in the portrayal of masculinity. She thought that was cool.