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The Other Guy

Media Masculinity Within the Margins


Derek A. Burrill and Toby Miller

Suffering from «manopause» and «Low T», underemployed and unwilling to grow up, «the other guy» has emerged as an important figure in modern media masculinity. From the films of Judd Apatow to sitcoms and popular music, this new breed of man is desperately attempting to change with the times, but is often unable (or unwilling) to understand the new landscape. Avoiding rhetorics of victimization, Derek A. Burrill charts and analyzes the other guy in order to understand how men see themselves, in media and in culture at large.
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Glossary of terms


Brom-com—“Bromantic Comedy”; a subset of a rom-com that features two men’s relationship as the central romance, albeit their relationship is platonic; homoerotic undercurrents are often present.

Brony—Originally, a male that is into My Little Pony franchise, but which has morphed into a term that describes any male that is interested in stereotypically female products and pursuits.

Bromance—A seemingly heterosexual relationship between two straight men, often ridiculed by men and women who aren’t ready for male emotional openness.

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