Mario's guide to manhood

by Smi11ey on November 8, 2015 - 12:12pm

 “The Mario guide to being a man” article by: Alan Tyers from the Huntington Post UK dated: 11/29/13 is confident when he voices his opinions about the famous Nintendo character: Mario as symbol of an embodiment of the ideal man. The author points out a certain number of personality traits about the famous plumber that make him appear to be the bench mark that a man should strive to achieve. Mr. Tyers also goes as far as to comparing the beloved video game character to a few well-known individuals who are among some of our male generation’s personification of what a real man is.
In a young man’s life he is determined to just like the men in his surrounding who are there to as they would say: “to teach him how to be a real man”. In their lives these men will have numerous role models that will come and go safe to say that Mario the lonely plumber that does gritty and grimy jobs that as the other states as real manly work.
Just as the title perfectly explains the author uses his article to portray masculinity as a list with its own set of guidelines that need to be respected to be able to consider yourself as a real man. He itemizes certain ground rules if you would say that are to be followed to be considered a man in the form a single statement then giving a detailed account should be done by using Mario as an example.
As part of the reading we had: “Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds” both authors reference the fact of how a real man goes for the woman wants not being denied because she is ‘’out of his league’’ they continue to attempt to as mentioned by: Arthur Chu in his article see if the male subjects are rejected they usually come back with a comment such as: ‘’I’m wearing you down!’’ as if he does not feel as if he is being rejected but that surely within time she would accept him as a mate because he is confident and know what he wants it would be a guaranty that he will eventually have the woman his was chasing for so long fall for him. Alan Tyler on the other hand references the quest for a companion in his article as: ‘’to a real man, no woman is out of his league’’ when describing Mario’s never give up attitude when chasing after the love of his life princesses Peach.

The statements made by both authors on how an individual of male gender should presents himself as well as the way he interacts with his surroundings whether it be through courtship of a female companion or interactions with friends and family approach remains the same a man should be virile. It’s the lesson that is taught at a very young age and if you do not abide will in most cases be ridiculed by his peers which can lead to devastating consequences. AS we have seen in the past

Cited refrences:
Alan Tyers, Huffington Post

8:43AM GMT 29 Nov 2013

Arthur Chu,  The daily beast

05.27.1412:07 PM ET



Mario, Mario, Where art thou Mario.

Nintendo, the benchmark of every single child’s upbringing of the 90’s era. Not knowing that racism is even depicted in the gaming industry. This topic appealed to be on a plethora of levels, mainly because no one dares discuss the dysfunctional properties and immoral stature of Mario bros. The nostalgic function of such brings about a defensive structure when it comes to defining Mario, as most of the populous would easily defend him. What happens when such an iconic figure is closing examined? Mario, being the stereotypical hard working class Caucasian plumber, going through hellfire to save his damsel in distress. Allow this question to arise, would Mario EVER be depicted as any other race besides Caucasian? That answer, simply put, is no. The creators and developers of such insist as Caucasian being a sort of master race, and that they are superior. I will concede that in today’s society, multiple races are present in the gaming world almost always, but during the 90’s era, the principle race was Caucasian. The interpretation of the ideology of being a “Mario” is that it seems only Caucasian men have the struggles of life, and depict women as an object meant to be saved, which is obviously not the case, but some deem it as such. The woman (in this case being princess peach) is weak and unable to defend herself, but if we look in later franchises of Mario and what not, for example in super smash brothers brawl, a very well-known game for the Nintendo Wii, peach is both one of the better characters if not the strongest as well as the most diverse. During the era of the 90’s it was easily viewed as a stereotypical portrayal of “what is a man?” and “what should a man do?” to summarize, it is very clear that the older generation gaming industry obviously has both racial as well as gender bias tendencies, and it was to their benefit that they corrected this for future possibilities. It is also a very interesting fact that the Nintendo franchise in itself started out this way going from the original Mario bros. all the way up to even today, yet some minor incorporations of both female superiority and racial diversity are being shown. It is a step in the right direction. I will conclude with this question, If Mario was not white, would you still play the game?

I found this article very interesting because it clearly portrays that women aren't the only ones being pressured by society to fit a certain mold. As focused as we are on the negative affects media has on women, we disregard the outcomes it has on men. By applying Utilitarianism ( to the issue of “He-Man” masculinity, we notice a great amount of negative consequences arise. The truth is that men are faced with these masculine stereotypes on a daily basis. Men are expected to be powerful, dominant, heroic, successful, independent, sexy, etc. The moment men show any signs of deviation from these “standards” they are labeled as weak. I think one major negative outcome of this type of stereotyping is the ongoing taboo perception society has of homosexuality. Why is “coming out” still such a big deal? Shouldn’t we accept people’s sexual orientation without prejudice? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but we should respect people no matter what our beliefs are. Media portrays the idea of masculinity in such a “macho” light that the slightest show of emotion makes every man a “fag”. This causes young men, homosexual or not, to be extremely pressured to be something they necessarily aren’t causing potential outcomes such as depression and suicide.