For my first blog post I made a trip out to the movie theater last Friday to examine and study Americans doing one of their favorite past times: seeing movies. When I arrived at the movie theater I made sure to see a movie that happened to be opening on Friday because I knew more people would be coming to see it. I chose to see The Wolf-man. I saw many groups of people attending the movie which tells me that the theater is still something that Americans really do truly value. The most common group of people that came to see the movie were couples. This shows me going to the movies really is a common "date" for most Americans. Before I even went inside the movie I noticed that most of the couples that arrived together had similar characteristics. For example the male seemed to always be the driver, he also was normally the one to buy the tickets and snacks. All the couples gave the impression that these simple tasks were supposed to be done by the man. This to me is a perfect example of an American gender code. "A gender code is a culturally constructed belief system that defines and dictates the appropriate roles and behavior for men and women in a society (Solomon 560)." The movies is still a favorite past time of Americans, and it is also a place where our constructed gender codes come to life.
Solomon, Jack. “We've come a long way, maybe.” Signs of Life in the USA. Ed. Sonia Maasik and Jack Solomon. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2009. 163-167. Print.