So I was interested about the idea of how men are subjected to the same media scrutiny as women are, but in a different slimmer way. While women are often stereotyped men are put into an even narrower columns and while women can be the same things as men it is harder for a man to be all teh things a woman can. In line from my blog from last week I was thinking about male disney characters and how they are portrayed. Mostly I was thinking of Gaston.
He is the epitome of manliness. He literally has a ban of women followers singing about how dreamy and handsome he is. Not only that but he is the envy of everyone in the bar and he has muscle that break belts. He even has the confidence to fight to large scary beast! Also he is shallow and doesn't even care about what is inside Belles mind and he wants the only girl he can't have. It paints a very negative picture of what a manly man truly is. He even goes so low to commit Belles father just so that he can have a chance with her.
I know there isn't a huge male fan base for Beauty and the Beast, but this is just an example of how a man can be stereotype in just the same way as a woman. Rather then Belle being the one that falls prey to being an average girl who needs to be saved Gaston or any other prince.
In my life the boys around me weren't really subject to needing ot be a manly man. My dad is a scientist so I grew up with him as the quiet reserved type. My brother philip an dI spend our childhood fighting over who could use the pink and purple pieces when playing board games and my brother, who got many girls, was never afraid to wear pink. I don't think that early exposure really changes who a man becomes.