Grease and the Remasculinization of America: Marci Ray
(Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)
This talk argues that the film adaptation of the musical Grease (1978) is a nostalgic look at 1950s rock and roll and, in particular, the masculine ideal it created. In the late 1970s, Grease contributed to a larger cultural endeavor, as Susan Jefferds has put it, to "remasculinize" America-in this case, particularly for audiences, who felt threatened by the rise of disco and its associations with alternative masculinities. This film responds to what amounted to a moral panic about the death of rock music, because its alleged death heralded the decline of hegemonic white, middle-class, heterosexual masculinity.
Cosponsored by Music in American Life.