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Representations Of Masculinity in Boys' Television

The purpose of this report is to examine messages about masculinity present in entertainment media popular among boys ages seven to thirteen. Much of the existing research on gender representation in children’s television has focused on girls and women, and for good reason— female characters are typically underrepresented and shown in highly stereotypical ways. However, far less is known about depictions of masculinity in contemporary children’s programming. This report fills that gap by analyzing depictions of boys and men in children’s television programming.