Men, Dads, Father Figures, Male Role Models and How We Portray Them

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Men, Dads, Father Figures, Male Role Models and How We Portray Them Alicia A. Gallegos
ENG122: English Composition II
Lisa Walsh
December 03, 2012

Men, Dads, Father Figures, Male Role Models and How We Portray Them As information was gathered on values portrayed in popular media, there was a decision made to refine the search from the vast search to small sub-topics where research can be compiled for a defined report. Breaking down the main search into smaller searches such as marriages/couples, women/men, raising kids, violence, and Christianity. Beginning the smaller search with two to three articles per sub-topic, the most valuable of information was set aside for review so that a primary topic could be picked for the research paper. The most relational topic that stood out was how men are portrayed on television shows, movies, media and advertising. It has been known that men in the present day are portrayed in a wide view that may or may not be politically correct. This type of portrayal is not what our youth should grow up on. In many cases, men are portrayed in negative ways, some in positive ways, and few in a realistic way that affects a man’s self-esteem and is a big reflection on our youth today. Looking back at the sitcom, Ozzie and Harriet created by Ozzie Nelson of the 1950’s where TV dads were characterized as caring and sensitive as well as willing to been involved with talking with their kids. Another show that was highly portrayed as the “good dad” era was The Brady Bunch created by Sherwood Schwarty where Mike Brady was a hard working father and when he came home from work was more than willing to get involved with his children in many different ways such as homework, one on one talks, and nightly family dinners at the table. Another popular sitcom that showed an involved dad was The Cosby Show created by Ed Weinberger, Micheal Leeson, and Bill Cosby where Cliff was a doctor that worked home a downstairs office; which allowed Cliff to be...
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