Monday, January 21, 2008

Play Violence begets REAL Violence

This weekend I watched a documentary called Wrestling with Manhood- Boys, Bullying, and Battering

I think it is crucial film. After being raped... I asked myself why... why did this happen to me? I think looking at the power issues around the concepts of Masculinity is a start...
Just further proof that gender is a trap... and a dangerous one at that... for men and women.

"Wrestling with Manhood is the first educational program to pay attention to the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth, addressing its relationship to real-life violence and probing the social values that sustain it as a powerful cultural force. Richly illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz - the award-winning creators of the videos Dreamworlds and Tough Guise, respectively - offer a new way to think about the enduring problems of men's violence against women and bullying in our schools.

Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, they show how so-called "entertainment" is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become "men." Designed to engage the wrestling fan as well as the cultural analyst, Wrestling with Manhood will provoke spirited debate about some of our most serious social problems"

Here is the trailer for Wrestling with Manhood

And I found this clip too from "Tough Guise"

"While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has until recently remained largely invisible. Tough Guise is 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. 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."

I applaud both of these documentaries and encourage everyone to rethink their gender role and what it asks of them... Who is running your life? You? Or a string of propagated lies?
I want this culture to revisit the concept of masculinity... and redefine it to allow for respect, freedom, and peace.

And please stop letting your children watch WWE!!!

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