Affiah Ramadhita Putri, Fajria Noviana


For ages, men’s roles in society have been constructed as the breadwinner and the head of the household. These roles are believed to be the standard of what men should be doing to meet the expectation of being the real men. This research attempts to determine whether living a distinct role as constructed in society impacts a man’s masculinity. This research analyzes the male main character of The Way of the Househusband, Tatsu, in terms of hegemonic masculinity. As a man who lives as a family caretaker, we believe that Tatsu shows an appealing proof of househusband masculine identity. Applying Connell’s theory of hegemonic masculinity, Roberson’s Men and Masculinity in Contemporary Japan, and using qualitative research as the method, this research discovered that although Tatsu plays the role of a househusband, he still has the masculinity. Hence, this research concludes that the shifting value of hegemonic masculinity of men occurs in Japan, at least in this anime.

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