Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

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A comprehensive look at the impacts of men who use violence as a means to prove their masculinity in society. Anti-violence educator Jackson Katz addresses this epidemic in American society, he argues that masculinity needs to be understood as part of a much larger cultural crisis.

Katz analysis argues that bullying at school, school shootings, gay bashing and other acts of violence is inextricably linked to how we define manhood as a culture. Tough Guises gives special attention to how advertising mediums are glamorizing masculine ideals, and how these ideals are threatening to traditional white male heterosexual authority.

Tough Guise aims to enlighten students to better understand this ongoing crisis and hopes to provoke both genders to evaluate their own participation in the culture of contemporary masculinity. Katz’s innovative cultural approach to gender violence prevention has been adopted by the NFL, the NCAA, and the U.S. Marine Corps.

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