Academic journal article Journalism History

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity

Academic journal article Journalism History

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity

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Electronic Media Reviews

Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity. Northhampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 1999. 85 minutes. Price unknown.

As its title suggests, this video examines how popular culture has contributed to a crisis in American masculinity during the past fifty years. Anti-violence educator Jackson Katz persuasively argues that the images of men presented by American media and popular culture both reveal and contribute to deepening and intensifying problems within American society. The program's extensive and well-- defined study guide (www.mediaed.org) states, The fact is that some of the most serious problems in contemporary American society, especially those connected with violence, can be looked at as essentially problems within contemporary American masculinity.

Presented essentially as a televised lecture, the producers support Mr. Katz' passionately stated views with substantial and effective media examples, creating a very compelling, persuasive presentation. The producers have wisely chosen to simply state their argument and present their supporting data during the program, rather than distract the audience with on-screen research citations. However, Mr. Katz' credentials and the data presented and incorporated within the program are also cited on the Media Education Foundation website.

Tough Guise is targeted at high school and college students, and the study guide states that there is an abridged (for language and nudity) 57-minute high school version and a full-length college version (which I reviewed). I believe that the producers have developed and shaped their content effectively for this audience. …

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