Tuff Guise – great documentary

Posted: February 15, 2012 in Become a Bully Buster

In my research I came across a documentary by Jackson Katz called “Tuff Guise.”   And I feel motivated to share it with the world, as it is a great look at what is the modern day “tuff guy” and the “guise” that hides so many men and boys who have been fed inputs from mainstream media.  I have learned that Tough Guise wa the first educational video geared toward college and high school students 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.  I was able to see it in 7 parts thanks to youtube.

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.  Utilizing racially diverse subject matter and examples, Jackson evokes and provokes his audience  to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity.

The structure was very straight forward as he gave an interview style timeline of elements that have influenced what it is to be considered a manly man.  With clips, sound bites, and easy to read visual graphed statistics, he paints a well thought out picture of what he sees.  There is a particular section of the youtube that covered topics of bullying, which I found very well constructed.  I think that if you didn’t have an hour to watch the whole thing, looking at this part is a good 10 minute commitment of a start.  Watch this section and you will know what I mean.   It can be viewed by clicking here.

I am bound to blog more on this particular section and most likely other parts as well. But I want you to watch this first clip and absorb it without my analysis first, then look for other posts in the “Tuff Guise” category, and if you feel inclined to read them, then by all means do.

Ryan Foland

Bully Buster OC


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