Insurance for White Masculinity: Methods of Control to Ensure a Dominant Race

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Insurance for White Masculinity: Methods of Control to Ensure a Dominant Race

The nineteenth-century saw great changes within America and from these changes an ideology was created in an effort of understanding and unification among white men. Changes were occurring so rapidly that they could not be digested and readily accepted, therefore opposition to these rose very significantly. The nineteenth century saw for a great number of political changes as the black race began to collect rights, the arrival of immigrants on an unprecedented scale, the colonization of the remaining world, and the change of women’s roles. White women started to become more educated and moved out of the house and into workplace disrupting the domestic order
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The ideology behind white masculinity developed many ways to essential control and manage women to first, keep men in a superiority position as the women tried to gain equal power and second, insure the future of the white race.

Equality threatens the power of white masculinity because “man’s social and political superiority should not be challenged,” (Barker-Benfield, 48) and if this “superiority” is challenged then white masculinity responds by making sure women stay within their roles. David Goodis’s The Moon in the Gutter represents the idea of keeping women in their roles because Kerrigan will not accept the equality that would arise if Loretta Channing and he were to end up on an equal level. Kerrigan is given the opportunity to rise to the same level as Loretta because she invited him to her world by leaving her camera behind so that he would have to return it to her in the affluent side of town. Kerrigan stresses over returning the camera as he wants to look his best and does this by bathing and putting on his best suit. Kerrigan wishes he had a better suit to wear because if he travels to Loretta’s affluent side of town he would be considered lower class and therefore he would not be in a position of power. Kerrigan is able to remain in his present state on Vernon Street when he is with Loretta because on Vernon he is at his prime as he is the main provider for the family, has a steady

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