Gender and sexuality

  1. What are some benefits to boys and men of putting on the tough guise? When is it an effective and adaptive response. and when is it self-destructive and dangerous to others?
    2. Why do some people consider it “male-bashing” to point out that males commit the vast majority of violence? Discuss the term “male-bashing.” It is a violent term that is, nonetheless. often used to describe women and men who are speaking out against violence. Why? What effect does some men’s defensiveness have on our willingness to be honest about the disproportionate amount of violence perpetrated by males?
    3. Are there biological reasons why males commit the vast majority of violence? If so. why do rates of violence vary widely between different countries? Why is the U.S. by far the most violent society in the industrialized world? And how do we explain, if the primary cause of violence is biological or genetic, why the vast majority of males do not perpetuate violence?
    4. Many cultural commentators have noted that media representations of men of color (e.g. news accounts. roles in film, pornography, sports) have disproportionately shown them to be aggressive and violent. What effect do these portrayals have on the gender identity formation of boys and men of color? How do these portrayals influence the way the white majority sees men of color?
    Documentary Information: Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity!

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