This week in my Intro to Gender Studies class we watched this film, but I think it’s an important subject and should be discussed and examined by the general community, not just gender studies students, because these issues impacts us all.
The documentary Tough Guise by social theorist Jackson Katz masculinity examines specifically how in modern American society masculinity and violence have become almost inseparable. The film looks at whether or not this “tough guy” mask is helpful for those who wear it, whether violent crimes should be gendered (rather than being seen as a racial or age related issue), and some of the social consequences of such a limited definition of what it means to be a man.
If you get a chance, I encourage you to watch Tough Guise. It’s a great video.
And if you’re interested, the next part in the documentary can be found here.