Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Sociology (MA)
Sociology and Criminology
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Content Analysis, Focus Groups, Hegemonic Masculinity, Homosocial Desire, Masculinity, Playboy
Over the last several decades, a growing field of scholarship unpacks the concept of masculinity and its implications for gender and social hierarchy. Of particular interest are the ways in which hegemonic masculinity is perpetuated through the media and social discourse. The current study uses content analysis to highlight themes in the commodification of masculinity depicted in a series of Playboy Magazine’s “What Sort of Man Reads Playboy?” ads throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Conducting focus groups, I then use responses to these historical images and a contemporary equivalent to explore the persistence and evolution of portrayals of masculine ideals and media-depicted masculinity. For example, although literature provides reasons to believe that there have been significant transformations regarding social depictions of men and masculinity, scholars have yet to fully examine these possibilities. Combining the content analysis of Playboy images of hegemonic masculinity with current perceptions from young adult males can provide a more complete understanding of cultural shifts and consistencies in how men understand and define what it means to be a man and the extent to which societal gender roles and expectations have evolved or diversified over time.
Clark, S. L. (2019). "It Takes Less to Be a Man Nowadays": Exploring Persistence and Change in Masculinity Narratives Among College-Aged Men. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/3410