A Taught Behavior

While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. This clip is geared toward young men to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S ( and elsewhere given the US’s cultural reach globally). In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis, the produser, 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. The goal here is to enlighten and provoke young people (both males and females) to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity & find ways to counter it.



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