Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Todd: The Supposedly Straight Surgeon

Kupers says that men often “do a lot of toughening up” and keep other men at a distance so that we can be free of any closeness that might make us feel vulnerable (Kupers 500). I will use this statement as a focus to analyze the “Scrubs” character The Todd. The Todd acts ultra-masculine. He is the stereotypical meathead who is always giving high-fives, sexually harassing his women co-workers, and acting in ways to affirm his masculine sexuality. Despite this macho, hyper-masculine attitude his heterosexuality is often questioned by the other characters of the show. Todd’s behavior is so over the top that everyone assumes or suspects that he is gay and is trying to hide it by constantly affirming that he is straight. Kupers would say that Todd toughens himself up so blatantly that it is natural for other to suspect that he is trying to repel any feelings of intimacy with other men, because he is uncomfortable with his desire for that intimacy.

Work Cited

Kupers, Terry A. Revisioning Men’s Lives: Gender, Intimacy, and Power. The Guilford Press, 1992.

Here's a video of the Todd in action.


Jessie said...

Awesome job with the collage! I like the topic you chose and you made a great connection with the topic of heteronormativity/heterosexism with hyper-masculinity and homophobia. The paragraph contextualizes the collage nicely and the collage itself is really interesting too!
The only issue I'd point out is the use of "over the top" behavior; the phrase is either just too cliche to be used, or if used, needs a definition.
Overall, great work.

BluesMan said...

"you made a great connection with the topic of heteronormativity/heterosexism with hyper-masculinity and homophobia."

Yeahhh,nooo...actually, it's a freakin' sitcom. He's the guy we "love to hate". I.E.:Larry from 3's Company,Lenny & Squiggy from Laverne & Shirley,and for that matter, all the way back to Archie Bunker/George Jefferson from All In The Family/ The Jeffersons,Respectively.However..Here lies the dilemma..How do feminists come to grips with the fact that obvious sexists, such as the characters Hawkeye from M.A.S.H.,Fonzi from Happy Days,Dr.House from ummm, well.. "House" are found so profoundly in appeal?
Answer: Women do,always have, and always will appreciate a man of confidence, and control. The only time a problem comes up, is when he wavers in the slightest..