Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century by Amanda D. Lotz

By Amanda D. Lotz

the meth-dealing yet committed kin guy Walter White of AMC’s Breaking Bad,
to the part-time basketball trainer, part-time gigolo Ray Drecker of HBO’s Hung,
depictions of male characters confused by means of societal expectancies of fellows and
anxious approximately altering American masculinity became common throughout the
television panorama. enticing with a large choice of indicates, together with The
, Dexter, and Nip/Tuck, between many others, Amanda D. Lotz
identifies the slow incorporation of second-wave feminism into prevailing
gender norms because the catalyst for the contested masculinities on exhibit in
contemporary cable dramas.

the emergence of “male-centered serials” similar to The Shield, Rescue Me, and Sons of Anarchy and the demanding situations those characters face in negotiating
modern masculinities, Lotz analyzes how those exhibits mix feminist approaches
to fatherhood and marriage with extra conventional structures of masculine
identity that emphasize men’s position as prone. She explores the dynamics of
close male friendships either in teams, as in Entourage and Men of a
Certain Age
, in which characters try out the bounds among the homosocial
and gay of their relationships with one another, and within the dyadic
intimacy depicted in Boston Legal and Scrubs. Cable Guys offers a
much wanted investigate the under-considered topic of ways structures of masculinity
continue to adapt on television.

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