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Harness: The Male Condition discuss the idea of stereotypes of men in today's
society. There is a distinction however, in the ways the author views these
stereotypes. Scott Russell Sander's essay portrays men as sex-crazed animals
and uses the protagonist to illustrate men's use of derogatory terms of men's
views of women, and even the tittle, Looking at Women suggests that men see
women as something to look at. Sanders' essay builds on the stereotypes of
men by giving examples of men who fit these stereotypes. Goldberg, on the
other hand, believes that the stereotypes placed upon men today, restrain them,
and force them to follow a certain path in life blindly. He believes that men are
victims of the stereotypes of society, and spend their existence running from the
so called failure of being "outside of the norm". These two essays discuss in
detail men's role in society, and the ways in which stereotypes affect men today.
The distinction between these two essays is in how the author views men;
whether they are the victims of stereotypes, or actually chauvinist pigs.
Scott Russell Sanders' essay, Looking at Women, shows that men are rude
and sexist in the ways they regard women. The first example Sanders uses to
portray this is when he was young and sees a highschool girl with a good body.
Quotes talked about in this paper
- Sanders goes to college and looks at the centerfolds of Playboy magazines and even comments on the way women's "humanity was severely reduced" ...
- He believes that men are victims of the stereotypes of society, and spend their existence running from the so called failure of being "outside of the norm".
- "harness" illustrates the restraint put on men to admit their problems, and be in touch with their feminine side. This word is used by Goldberg to describe his patient Richard who was nearly killed by his drinking problem. "Richard had to get sick in his harness and nearly be destroyed by role playing masculinity before he could allow himself to be a person with his own feelings, rather than just a hollow male image." Goldberg believes ...
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