Monday, August 31, 2009

Film Review: Due Date TBA

Here are some of the films mentioned in "Tough Guise" that you may want to use for your Film Review. It would be nice if we all reviewed different films in order to avoid redundancy :) You must respond to at least one of your classmate's review. Thanks!

-Thelma & Louise
-Smoke Signals
-Can't Hardly Wait
-Slasher Films
-There's Something About Mary
-Beautiful Girls
-The Godfathers
-Varsity Blues
-The Full Monty
-History of Violence
-Deep Space Nine
-Boyz 'N the Hood
-Stand & Deliver
-Saving Private Ryan
-Good Will Hunting


Hello all, I just wanted to let yae know that there are new links up for you to check out! Also, Scarleteen (a website for teen sex/health questions/advice) has dedicated this months 'issue' to boys health! I thought it was cool and if yae want you should check it out at :D

ALSO, if you run into links or whatever that you think should be added to that list just comment on this post or message/email me !

-Kathryn (your friendly TA)

Formed to be TOUGH.

I found Tough Guise to be a very interesting movie. I enjoyed all of the examples. A few stuck out in particular though. It made me mad how Dice Clay, the comesdiea would talk shit about females and the sudience would clap and love it. Laso, how Howard Stern re-infored olf fashioned sexist values. I didn't like how those women were on his show flashing themselves, I feel like they should respect themselves more and Stern should not be an ass and show stuff like that. The star wars bodies of the axtion toys showed how men looked back then and how they are trying to look now. It upset me about all of the harassment toward gays. How 1/3 of teen suicides are gays and how people left hate messages on machines of gays. I do not agree that being a man you have to be in control, it is what boys and men are taught, and it disgusts me. My best friend is a guy, I dated him but now were best friends. He works out to make himself healthy and feel good. He is quiet, respectful and modest. He never judges anyone and i find he cries more than I do. This makes me love him more as a man not less. It said you gain respect by disrespecting a person and "real man" is intimidating and controlling.. AHHH this all makes me want to scream. Men think it's okay to yell, burp, fight, curse, punch, demand becasue this is" the norm" for men. I know when and if i have a son, he will be brought up in a nice way. The examples in the movie is no way a man should act. In movies all men have crazy wild sex, hve 2 pack abs, bulging muscles, win every fight they start, this is not the norm and this is making everday men try harder and harder to be like this.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tough Guise

Saw this pic and it made me think about "Tough Guise." What did you all think about it? Leandra

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Men and Feminism Interview in Bitch Magazine

This is a timely interview, especially since we are using the very book she refers to in the interview. Check it out!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Week 3: Cultural Constructions of Masculinity

*Blog Prompt: How can we a) make room in feminism to account for men as "our comrades in struggle," while b) retaining a central focus on women, yet c) avoid reinscribing the gender binaries that feminism-as-female invokes? (Tarrant, 106)

Week 2: What is Masculinity?

*Blog Prompt: If feminism is primarily concerned about the status of women, then what is-- or what ought to be--men's role in this movement? Is there room in the picture for men? How can we better understand and imagine new possibilities for men and feminism? (Tarrant, 105)

Week 4: Male (Homo) Sexuality

Week 5: Men’s Bodies

Week 6: Male-Identified Women

Week 7: Intersections & Black Masculinity

**fell free to answer all of these questions or just one, also feel free to go off on your own tangent :)**

In a movement that has been characterized as “racist”, how can white feminists and pro-feminists work to both check and acknowledge their privilege and have a more anti-racist approach? Also, as a movement that has been characterized as “sexist”, how can Black men working towards racial justice include more anti-sexist doctrine in their movement? And in a world where “All the Women Are White and All the Blacks Are Men”* where do those who don’t fit into this dichotomy or who experience varying levels of intersectionality fit in?

*Borrowed from the book “But Some Of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies

Week 8: Men’s Friendships & Relationships

Week 9: Men in “the Family”

Week 10: Men at Work

Week 11: Gendering Violence

Week 12: Gendering Violence (cont.)

Week 13: Men’s Movements/Male Feminism