Within The Rise of the Adonis Complex I saw many, many comparisons between the discussion and Tough Guise 2. I was amazed that I had never before considered that not only are the men within the documentary promoting violence among men and aggression towards women, but they are also promoting a body image. To me the images of violence are much more serious, but a different focus may prove very useful. The capability scale of muscularity among men was very useful to better understand the range of what can be achieved naturally and what requires frequent drug use to maintain. The men within the huge industry of the WWE are not, it seems, within the physical ability to produce that amount of lean muscle naturally and are therefore giving a huge audience of men misleading models. Not only are these misguided models of violence, but false Ultimately, the use of steroids by men in the WWE along with other frequently viewed bodies within sports or magazines communicate an image of a desirably masculine man without mentioning that the only way to achieve that ideal is by “’roiding up.”
I find this message extremely unfortunate as a woman because I do not see the appeal. Throughout the chapter, The Rise of the Adonis Complex mentions that muscularity is the ultimate sign of masculinity, especially because “as women have advanced, men have gradually lost their traditional identities as breadwinners, fighters, and protectors” (51). First of all, I think that this is walking the thin line between supporting an argument about a widely expressed boy image concern among men and stating that women are depleting men’s masculinity: simply because women have become more self-sufficient over recent decades, does not mean that the biggest sign of masculinity is muscularity. This would suggest that huge, aggressive and violent men have become the ideal man that appeals to women in a hetero-normative world. I disagree. Masculinity stems from much more than a muscular and artificially proportionate body type. Powerful, strong, and efficacious men—as the article states are masculine qualities represented in muscularity—can manifest within so many other ways that are much more preferable to simply physical strength.
On a very different note and reading experience, the chapter, PMS As a Culture Bound Syndrome, was thoroughly entertaining to me. Overall, I like that the reading discusses PMS as a social phenomenon in which women frequently attribute small illnesses or symptoms into one category attributed to their gender. This categorization of any sort of ailment around the time of menstruation is fascinating because it ultimately makes women feel more in control. By human nature, we like to categorize things, to make more sense of the information we take in. This is the same phenomenon that happens when women refer to PMS. My favorite part of the chapter’s discussion was the “out of control feeling” that women get when they are in or around menstruation. From personal experience, I find this to be very true. Most of the time, people are trained to be in control of their lives. They must consciously manipulate their day-to-day lives in order to succeed or else fail in the eyes of those around them. The social phenomenon of PMS allows women to allocate emotional and physical ‘ailments’ to a particular category that excuses their behavior. Essentially, this widespread social category gives a reprieve to women, allowing them to release their controlled behavior and deem their out-of-control behavior to PMS. I found this discussion fascinating because it is absolutely true!