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POWER GENDER AND ADVERTISING When society thinks of a male figure they right away portray images such as guns sports and muscles Most men especially young men identify with commercial advertisements For example the Gillette Company shows an commercial where a good looking man with big muscles half naked and surrounded by three pretty women is shaving with the ultimate razor indicating that if men shave with this razor they will be surrounded by beautiful women Manhood has been shaped by stereotypical representation in advertisement thus creating the system of preponderant influence authority and dominance Historically use of gender in advertising has stressed difference implicate and even the natural dissimilarity of males and females Katz pg461 The influence of advertising has a strong impact on men A recent study done by Kolbe Richard H and Darrel Meuhling revealed that boys tend to be rigid in their rejections of any play initiatives demonstrated by female model Moreover it was also found that there is an element of social risk involved for both boys and girls who wish to adopt opposite-gender behavior specially as they grow older and allegiance to their own gender becomes socially more important For example video game advertising starts influencing young boys with bloody and violent games like Duke Nukem Zero hour This game shows a strong men dressed like a cowboy with a gun on each hand saying Im the good and the bad You just the ugly inducing boys to play his game and demonstrate that they can be better than Duke In the same advertisement it is shown how Duke is blowing out the brains of a man burnem blastem or blowem away -Dukes packing serious heat Guns girls a fistful of attitude His motto is clear Masculinity is
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