Only Two Genders?
We assume that there are only two
genders: male and female.
More and more, the ideal image of
these genders tends toward extremes.
How are men socialized to be a certain way? What is the “tough guise”?
Why do we say we live in a violent society when males commit the vast majority
How has the ideal male and female body changed over time?
What links are there between the ideal body image and the changing roles of
men and women?
How has the assertion of the masculine identity linked to the changes resulting
from Civil Rights and the Women’s Liberation Movement?
How is the “hyper-masculine” identity tied to the desire to gain credibility and
How were the school shootings at Columbine High School part of the problem
of violent masculinity?
How does the coverage of suburban shootings compare with urban shootings?
In what ways does the movie argue we should critically evaluate the violent
masculinity to address the problem?
How is violence against women a “learned” behavior?
How does violence against women become “normalized?”
What is it about the concept of masculinity that limits men’s range of emotions?
How can the definition of masculinity be changed?