Tuesday 9th July 2019, 8:00pm
Session 217: “MTV’s Jackass: Transgression, Abjection and the Economy of White Masculinity” by Sean Brayton
For this session, Nicola Genovese selected the 2007 essay “MTV’s Jackass: Transgression, Abjection and the Economy of White Masculinity” by Sean Brayton from the Journal of Gender Studies.
The MTV series Jackass is an endless source of visual material that triggers profound reflection on the crisis of white masculinity. Jackass can be considered a perfect example of what has been called Lad culture. Laddism is a form of masculinity that emerged in the nineties in Britain in the frame of white males backlash. Jackass complicates an already complex discourse of white male disadvantage by portraying an abject white masculinity through parody and humour.