1 Girl 5 Gays and “Masculine”

I was watching an episode of the MTV show 1 Girl 5 Gays the other night and it included something I thought was fitting for this blog. For those of you who do not know what this show is, it’s a show where the MTV host Aliya-Jasmine asks a panel of gay men questions about love, sex, and everyday issues in their lives. One of the questions that was raised to the guys during this particular episode was “Does this show need more masculine guys?”.

Here is the link:  1 Girl 5 Gays Episode 23. This portion of the segment starts at about 5:12 of the third clip.

It is interesting how the guys responded to this question. I think they’re making a valid point when questioning what exactly “masculine” means. As we know, taking one masculinity and labeling it as the sole definition for what being “masculine” entails can be problematic because there are so many different masculinities, rather than a uniform masculinity. If some viewers think there needs to be more masculine guys, as it seems they may mean guys who are displaying stereotypical masculine traits, on the show, then I think they are not recognizing that all of the guys on this show have some masculine traits, from appearance to character. If being masculine means being competitive, strong emotionally and physically, dominant, aggressive, etc. then I think every guy in this show has some “masculine” in them. As we know, just because someone exhibits feminine characteristics does not mean they lack masculine characteristics and vice versa.

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One Response to 1 Girl 5 Gays and “Masculine”

  1. Deborah says:

    I’ve recently been thinking about how there’s “feminine” vs. “masculine”. BUT, it seems there’s masculine – including all those traits you listed (competitive, strong emotionally and physically, dominant, aggressive,etc.) – and anything that doesn’t fit 100% into such a category (i.e. one has all these traits, but likes men; or, one has all these traits but is a woman) is relegated to the feminine realm. So – the ‘feminine’ (which is often synonymous to the non-masculine) is somewhat of a catch-all for gender deviants. Yes, there’s still a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way of doing femininity, too, but it’s like the second there’s anything that makes someone seem a little feminine, they’ve failed masculinity altogether. WHAT IS THAT?! This thinking (largely implicit, ignored and taken for granted) supports the women-as-lesser-than and men-as-all-that ideals of, say, the dark ages.
    And yet we don’t see it until ridonkulous shows like “1 Girl 5 Gays” brings it up a bit, scratching the surface.

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