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The article Advertising and the construction of Violent White Masculinity points to the controversy of violence and media It emphasizes that the mainstream debate about media and violence does not emphasis or analyze the most important aspect namely gender Katz states that the media illustrates a wrong image of individuals committing crime by calling them youth crimes or kids love He believes however that the reason why crime is committed 90 by males is due to the masculinity emphasized in our society He also mentions that there is lack of attention on criminals from majority groups such as Whites but an emphasis by crime conducted by minority groups The article suggests that research has avoided to explicitly specify the relationship between masculinity and violent behavior by white men has been avoided in researchKatz believes to be able to illustrate some ways to display the hegemonic construction of masculinity that is present in mainstream magazine ads and how these ads help to normalize violent male behavior Katz suggests that one way violence is normalized is through the movie industry which shows white males engaging in violent actions without being depicted as villains Moreover they are regarded as heroes The boom of the movie industry collided with the instability that was created economically for the White middle-class population The heroes of the movie industry served as role models enabling the male white population to gain stability with masculine power through size and strength According to Katz the physical body was the only way to obtain dominance and control for those who did not have economic resources to achieve manhood Katz mentions another way our society tries to normalize violence in the white middle class namely through advertisements As Katz writes the ads are full of depictions of dangerous looking men He points out the bidirectional relationship between advertisements and other socially accepted events such as sports and movies Advertisements are filled with dangerous looking violent sports men
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