I have been sitting on two essays for the past six months--essays that certainly discuss seminal films and filmmakers, but that basically only use them as small examples in the much larger context of masculinity in American society. I wondered if they should be shared on a film website, since they are really not much about film at all.
But a recent discussion over at Utah Savage prompted me to post them.
The first is an analysis of America's continuing fascination with the "Frontier," that which describes a territory claimed by men to pioneer their own way of life.
The second is a dissection of the "masculine struggle" as a social construct, which traces the masculine myth from the American Revolution through to today.
In the newly-packaged edition, I am labeling them, "The Masculinity Conundrum: From The Silver Screen to the Deadening Earth."