Constructing Plus-Size Identities Through Representations of Masculinity and Body Image In American Media.
This research analyzes how American media culture depicts a desirable male through representations of masculinity and body image, and how these representations shape the identities of young males. The processes that culminate in identification formation will be described, and the thorough evaluation of personal narratives will examine how my exposure to hegemonic messages within popular American youth television influenced the formation of my plus-size identity. This will aid in clarifying how these representations can damage social perceptions of plus-size males, therefore also impacting how plus-size males form their own identities. Through the use of autoethnography, I will be dissecting American media culture, and furthermore exposing the greater experience of plus-size male youth within American culture.
Faculty Mentor: David C. Oh, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Communication Arts