World War II Recruitment Analysis

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Changing role/identity What constitutes a male today is very different than what would account for a male fifty years ago. World War II recruiting advertisements sympathize notions of service and bravery, which are embodied in Pollack’s “Give ‘em Hell” (Gosse, 2015) persona. This persona exeplifies machoisms, violence and risk taking. Recently, Buzzfeed Videos asked men and boys aged 5 to 50 to respond to what the phrase “be a man” means to them. Many commented on identity markers involving perceived notions including strength, determination, honesty and responsibility. Many also commented on the sexist and derogatory implications this phrase implies, others question the notions and implications of the term. At 2:17, age 35 muses about the implied assumptions of definition of male in the statement, “There is no real definition…show more content…
But there is an assumption, when someone says it like that, there is a very clear definition of what men should be” (Velez, 2015). While at 2:37 age 39 questions the concept of what being male is, “Who defines what a man is? I mean we all have to walk our own path. What I consider to make me a man may not be what makes you a man” (Velez, 2015). What I found surprising in that stereotypical answers were learned at a young age as viewed throught the answers of the the age 5 and 10, who express answers about strength and acting tough. This shows that through socialization at an early age we enforce notion of maleness. Gosse and Facchinetti (2011) emphasize the need for strong male role model within the education field, citing Smith’s finding about how males must trangress identity constructs that contradict female
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