You know what is really interesting about Sons of Anarchy? So many of the viewers buy into the club life and how “things are supposed to be done” when in reality the entire show is about how the customs of masculinity found in the MC world ultimately fail these guys.
They are put into an environment where there are social expectations of how “men” are supposed to handle their issues. They can’t admit vulnerability or weakness - something Gemma further reinforces in Jax - you see her saying this exact thing to him in the next episode. And, oh, funny enough, this is also the exact same reason Gemma gave Nero for why JT had to be murdered. He was weak. He was a liability.
The entire club code is so twisted because it gives these guys a way to rationalize their brutality and violence. You wronged me. I wrong you back. You hurt me. I hurt you worse.
This mindset leads to violence becoming an every day affair, it leads to any slight being made against any member of the club the potential to incite a full on war because otherwise this would mean you are admitting to some sort of weakness. You aren’t allowed to resolve conflict by any other means because violence has become second nature and easy, and worse EXPECTED.
#praise #the deconstruction and criticism of hegemonic masculinity is one of my favorite themes in modern storytelling #and sons tackles it beautifully #unfortunately though a lot of people miss the point #and end up buying into the hollow ideals that the show itself has been systematically CONDEMNING for six seasons #and it's so frustrating to watch because the actual message (that a lot of viewers seem to be completely missing) #is so unbelievably important #and is a testament to how subversive and well-done this show really is like?? #I just have a lot of feelings #sons of anarchy