I can't seem to embed this particular type of video on the site, so I decided to start a discussion thread for it instead. You can watch the video, which is just a little over an hour long, by following the link below.
I would like to ask that you find the time to watch this BEFORE you comment on this tread. I think this is an important video, and I recommend that you watch it. It examines and deconstructs our assumptions about our individual and cultural gender codes as expressed in advertising (but not in work, politics, or privilege, etc). It doesn't bring up any issues that you are not already aware of, but rather analyzes ubiquitous cultural memes to demonstrate how they influence our identity as men or women in ways that we little understand, or even notice. - DG
Codes of Gender: Identity and Performance in Pop Culture
Written and directed by MEF Executive Director Sut Jhally, The Codes of Gender applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman's groundbreaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape, showing how one of American popular culture's most influential forms communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity.
In striking visual detail, The Codes of Gender explores Goffman's central claim that gender ideals are the result of ritualized cultural performance, uncovering a remarkable pattern of masculine and feminine displays and poses. It looks beyond advertising as a medium that simply sells products, and beyond analyses of gender that focus on biological difference or issues of objectification and beauty, to provide a clear-eyed view of the two-tiered terrain of identity and power relations.
With its sustained focus on how our perceptions of what it means to be a man or a woman get reproduced and reinforced on the level of culture in our everyday lives, The Codes of Gender is certain to inspire discussion and debate across a range of disciplines.
Viewer Discretion Advisory: This program contains violence, nudity, and sexual themes.
Watch the video here on the Media Education Foundation website.