- Further refined our question, still needs further adaptation, “How does the enforcement of masculinity affect our uncertainty of knowing male emotions/feelings?”
- In this way we have targeted where uncertainty lies in our project
Identified a structure for our presentation, as it stands it is as follows:
Philosophical argument about what it means to come to know someone’s feelings- behaviouristic argument
How is masculinity defined? – done through an analysis of literature- this conflicts with how we come to know emotion
In what ways is this understanding of masculinity enforced? – done largely through an analysis of mainstream media
Uncertainty – Thus there arises an uncertainty of coming to know male emotions- reflected by statistics. Further mainstream culture has such a clear image of masculinity it ignores the uncertainties of what it is to be a man
We have hypothesised that the enforcement of Masculinity creates uncertainty that we may come to know men’s feelings. It seems that the enforcement of masculinity is limiting men from expressing their emotions.
Data on MMH- Mind’s project demonstrated that various focus groups highlighted the issues of masculinity for expressing their emotions
+Further data psychological data suggests this
However, psychological studies show it is actually very specific aspects of masculinity that are affecting MMH and limiting us from knowing men’s feelings: 1. Self-reliance 2. Power over women 3. Playboy type- these are demonstrated in media through male gaze for example
Gendered Health care, company policies and political policies, and various projects support this and suggest that certain aspects of masculinity can actually be used in a positive light to help men access mental health support and thus this demonstrates that not all aspects of masculinity have detrimental effects on men’s abilities to express their emotions and seek help.
Future considerations – Identify some questions that we want to carry forward beyond this project.
Everyone- meet on Monday and bring together our research and start the presentation, sort out the photographs for the presentation
Áine- Summarise the behaviouristic argument – how we understand people’s emotions
- Select relevant data and case studies
- Write what studies have shown
Anuschka- International gendered health care policies, company policy and political policies, quantitative survey data
Augustin- Elaborate on masculinity and how it is defined in literature
Mina- Find the relevant examples from film