Romeo And…

1.01: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

February 13, 2015

The very first episode of my new Romeo And... podcast! The podcast will discuss the influence of "manliness" in our culture, what it means to "be a man," and why the insistence of being manly is ruining our youth. I talk about the media, specifically popular movies, as well as share personal stories of men and relationships and discuss the effects "manliness" has in each situation. 

In this episode of Romeo And... I talk about the blockbuster film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I talk about how men are taught and expected to be "protectors," and how being a protector or bodyguard is not the same as loving someone. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) becomes Gwen Stacy's protector, body guard, and stalker, but he fails at being her boyfriend. 

I discuss women in the film from a feminist perspective. How, even when the female characters are portrayed as strong and independent, they ultimately still further the stereotypes that women are dependent on men. The women in the film try to be strong, but still end up being there just to further the men's stories. 

I also talk briefly about fatherhood and how good fathers are often absent in their children's lives in the media (especially in superhero stories). Even when a father abandons his child for supposedly just reasons, it still denies us the opportunity to see good male role models raising their children. 

Lastly, I discuss the stereotype of the castrated or emasculated man. When men do not show characteristics of manliness (ie. bravery, strength, independence, charisma, etc.), they are manipulated, abused, and degraded. They must also be rescued by other men who do demonstrate these characteristics. 


The Myth of Male Power - Dr. Warren Ferrell 

Women in Refrigerators (Tropes vs. Women) - Feminist Frequency 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Entertainment