Bodies and identity: Reading Masculinity on the Body

What is identity?

We discussed what identity meant we came up with what you look like and who you are compared to someone else. For example when I look at my sister I don’t see me.

Mirror is the only representation of ourselves.

We have a relationship between the body and our identity.

We share some of our identity with others like our clothes and taste which are some of the things that give us a similar identity.

We use social media to identify ourselves given people a better version of ourselves with information we want them to see.

We all share the same identity at the start and the end of out lives in the way we look the same. Baby are hard to identify in sense of gender which is why baby clothes are heavily generalised. Which is wear colour comes in a lot when kids are younger using pink for girls and blue for a boy.

Toilets are highly how we identify our selves in the sense of gender but what about those people that don’t identify themselves as a particular gender.

Heteronormativity (warner,1991)

Belief that the society os built upon strict norms of different genders (male and female) and that heterosexuality is the ‘norm’.

When a thing is defined as normal anything outside that definition transgresses the norm i.e homosexual, transexual etc.

We looked at representation of male identity

Where henry the eight hid his illness in painting picking the better version of himself.

Key words 

Hegemony : leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others. leadership; predominance. (especially among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve world domination.

Oxford English Dictionary :-Political domination

Binary  : In mathematics and digital electronics, a binary number is a number expressed in the binary numeral system or base-2 numeral system which represents numeric values using two different symbols: typically 0 (zero) and 1 (one). The base-2 system is a positional notation with a radix of 2.

Oxford English Dictionary :-composed of two parts, maths computers of or in a counting system with only two digits 0 and 1

Hetenormativity : Heteronormativity is the belief that people fall into distinct and complementary genders (man and woman) with natural roles in life. It assumes that heterosexuality is the only sexual orientation or only norm, and states that sexual and marital relations are most (or only) fitting between people of opposite sexes.





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