News Article or Blog Review: Masculinity on Display president Barack Obama

by jbnews on November 2, 2015 - 8:47pm

A healthy form of masculinity can be represented in many ways. Having high authority and

are just and power are just a few traits that represent healthy masculinity. If a man is engaged in

military services and always actively doing things for the better he is considered to be representing

healthy masculinity. A good example of this type of masculinity would be the president of the United

States. Political participation, being educated, having the will to fight for what you believe in and being

self-made represent proper masculinity. This article describes his life and rise to his position as the


                Starting at a young age is always a great start .When the president was young, he had worked

with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.

This shows virility, which is the basis of masculinity and public participation. This also shows care and

leadership, two traits that are apart of healthy masculinity . Later on in his life, he attended law school

Harvard. After completing his studies, he became the first African –American president of the Harvard

Law review which enable him to enable him to lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at

the  University of Chicago and remain active in his community. Because of hard work, he obtained

a high rank of power and became highly educated. This demonstrates proper masculinity. After

Harvard, he went on to become a United State senator. As the senator, he has locked up the worlds

most dangerous weapons in the world, brought transparency to the government, cut taxes for working

families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. On November 4th, 2008 he was

elected as the 44th president of the U.S.A, achieving his lifelong dream and obtaining a very high rank

of power. This all shows courage and intelligence. The president is a great example of hegemonic

masculinity.  He is because he holds a high rank of power and because he is stoic. This is a form of

healthy masculinity.

                After watching Tough Guise 2.0 , a documentary on male masculinity , there were many

relations found between the film and the article . In the documentary they talk about violence and

school shootings. This relates to the article because the president himself discusses in the documentary

about safety and putting bans on dangerous weapons , which he was credited for in the article. They

also relate because in the film there is a part about competitive nature in which they use the president

himself as a example by using a photo of him boxing against candidate  Romney for the election



I find your response very interesting because Barack Obama is a very important figure, not only in the United States but all around the world, representing ''black people" and showing that it is possible to become as important even though he has coloured skin. In a Ted Talk we watched in our Myth of Race and Reality of Racism class, a black men was speaking about how men are pressured in our society and that we still stay unaware of it. One of those factors is that man have to show their children how to behave not only in a gendered point of view but also to explain them where racism comes from and how to react in several racial issues. What is interesting to look at here is that Barack Obama is a father, and a person of colour, which means that he does have to go through these things just like any other ‘’black’’ father but also he is pressured in the way that he is an inspiration for so many people that he has to do it well and to show that he is at the top because of his intelligence and skills, rather than because of his skin colour. That is why, as you did show how Barack Obama is a success and talk about his path to get where he is today is important because it does need to be recognized. Could we, in Canada, have a black president and support and trust him or would to many provinces, such as in Quebec, be against it because of some racist behaviours that are adopted in our provinces ?