To What Extent Does Marilyn Lake's Analysis Of The 1890s Apply To Current Constructions Of Australian Masculinity?

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The following essay will discuss the question "To what extent does Marilyn Lake's analysis of the 1890s apply to current constructions of Australian masculinity?" Each competing idea/construction will be discussed and presented, and this question will be approached and supported with the appropriate supporting evidence and as this paper proposes that the answer is based on opinion, the use of some non-academic references will be included. A suitable starting point for this question is to discuss the definitions of the relevant terms. Marilyn Lake has identified the 'lone hand' and the 'domestic man' as competing ideals/constructions of Australia masculinity in the 1890s. The 'lone ...view middle of the document...

The 'lone hand' is now the yobbo, and the 'domestic man' is now labelled as a SNAG - a sensitive new aged guy. Take your average yobbo for example. When people say the term yobbo, we automatically think of a scruffy looking male, with a rough beard or five o'clock shadow, a rather large and unappealing "beer gut", the blue, chesty Bonds singlet, a rather small pair of old football shorts, thongs, and of course, a beer in the hand. This is accompanied with a faithful dog, and a rusty old Ute. Today's adaptation of the lone man has produced the yobbo. Yobbos are normally single, living by their own rules, and doing things in their own time, which means the house is more than likely a mess, the dog is in need of a bath, and his washing needs to be done. A yobbo is a person a bit rough around the edges. Then you have your SNAGs. These sensitive new aged guys are normally all in relationships and are the types who want to get married, settled down with a house and have two point three children. Your average SNAG is the type of guy who pays for the nice dinner the two of you just shared, he pulls out your chair for you to sit down and he opens the door for you. He has a neat haircut, and takes pride in his appearance. You also have the grey area in between these two categories of men. The grey area consists of the half yobbo half SNAG males. The ones that can't make up their minds either way. There are the yobbos that are married and trying to live with, and by someone else's rules. There are the SNAGs that play it tough, and do want to settle down but are scared of commitment and issues of the sort. This grey area category is really undefined and not so widely spoken about compared to the yobbo and SNAG categories. An example of the two more spoken about categories can be seen by watching an episode of the Australian television dram "McLeod's Daughters". Other than the five main female stars of the show, there are the two brothers that live next door. They are the complete opposite of each other and each of them falls into one of our two popular categories.First we have Alex Ryan; he is the eldest of the two sons living on the neighbouring property. After being expelled from two of the best boarding schools money could buy, he now works for his dad, flying the company helicopter during mustering. Alex has inherited the larrikin side of his father, and knows he'll inherit Killarney. There's a wild, mischievous streak in him. He can never resist stirring the pot, and sincerely believes he's as tough as his father, and stronger than his brother.Alex is a natural horseman who is obsessed with the gladiator-style competition of rodeo riding. He dreams of fame and fortune and is well known around the rodeo circuit as a daredevil. Despite being a larrikin, or perhaps because of it, Alex fits in well with men from all walks of life and his natural affinity with the land earns him the respect of those who work under him at...

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