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While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is the first educational video to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century.

In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, Jackson Katz argues that widespread violence in American society, including the tragic school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and elsewhere, needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity.

This exciting new media literacy tool-- utilizing racially diverse subject matter and examples-- will enlighten and provoke students (both males and females) to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.

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meriel

WOW. This was made in 1999 and today in 2019, this is still so relevant! What a watch!

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mayleen

Man hood is expressed threw violence, anger ,and aggression due to being afraid of humiliation in the public eye as for women on the other hand it seems as if were labeled as emotional, sympathetic, and very expressing of our feelings rather than man But if i had to put my perspective on this ...Read more

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Theodore

I feel that violence is the problem, not masculinity.

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Scarlett

Masculinity in itself is not a problem. What is a problem is toxic masculinity, a perverted version of masculinity that includes the expectation for boys to be excesively violent in an attempt to reject feminism.

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Anonymous

funny how he picks on the "Rocky" story as racist, but if he watched passed the first one he would see that Apollo Creed became a great friend. The new movie "Creed" is about Rocky training Apollo's son. The filmmaker also praised soul singers such as Al Greene. I agree that soul music ...Read more

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Anonymous

sorry, meant to type "past" not passed

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Marie

amazing film, moving and enlightening; everyone should watch this film!

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Cassandra

saw this in my social work class. will always be one of my favorite videos. excellent information and imagery. definately gives you something to think about. somewhat more recent

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Anonymous

definitely

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Cassi

Always aware and heard about feminine gender construction, but Tough Guise opened up a whole new eye opening and relevant reality about masculinity that I was never aware of.