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Music's Representation, Masculinity Is One That Is Very Emotional And Affectionate. How Real And Accepted In Today's Society Do You Believe This Representation Is?

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Masculinity is the characteristics and features which society believes a male must have to be a ‘man’. There are many different views to which people believe males must have to qualify as a man. The media has created its own representation of a masculine man and has portrayed it throughout society. The media is everywhere and can possibly be the most influential part of their lives meaning the media’s representation can have many different affects on different people throughout society. A very common and influential source of media is the music industry as it attempts to inform and expose its own artist’s opinions on issues and affairs around the world as much as it does to create music. The music industry consists of many genres and is very broad so it has as many representations of masculinity. R&B music’s representation, especially the boy band Boys2Men’s representation, is quite a unique one in the industry for some would say it is what a ‘man’ must not be, thought others would say that is exactly what males should be. The music industry attempts to portray their representations through what they sing about, how they sing, and the image they create of males and females. These representations can be described as imaginary, wishful thinking, realistic. There are many aspects to a representation that must be considered to decide what it is. Some parts of society may accept this representation though one representation may be accepted by the majority of society. The most realistic representation does not necessarily mean it is the accepted representation in society. There can be many reasons and explanations to why a particular representation is the most accepted representation. This representation may be how it is today because it is truly the way that males are supposed to be or the media knows that it can influence society to accept and believe the representation that is presented to them.
Masculinity and what it means to be a man has been a very complicated issue for any society through time. It has been human nature for society to create a standard of what people are meant to do and for everyone to adapt and conform to these standards. Society has set a standard to which they believe all men should be. This stereotypical representation of what they believe a man should be is seen as one of large and muscular build who is capable of doing demanding and physical labour and should not open up or show any deep emotions. Many people and events have influenced this representation to what it is today meaning it will continue to change as time goes on. This representation of masculinity is a very influential factor for males growing up for they see many ideas of what they believe they should become from things such as the group ‘Boyz2Men’.
The ideas of masculinity are presented everywhere though it is in the media that it affects the most people. The media usually represents the main idea of society for it attempts to influence it as much as...

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