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In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority.

Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and US political culture. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior.

"The arrival of Tough Guise 2 is nothing short of an event. It promises to speak to a new generation of young people with even greater urgency than the remarkably influential original."_ Diane Rosenfeld | Lecturer, Harvard Law School

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yukikaze

xgnb!

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Luke

Rubbish.

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Kaleb

Okay, Media Reporting: Go ask people what people think of when they hear "Violence against Women" or "Hate Crime". It is automatically assumed that it is a white man (normally straight as well). So when something falls OUT of that norm, like women's violence against women, gender gets brought ...Read more

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mayleen

Man hood is expressed threw violence, anger ,and aggression due to being afraid of humiliation in the public eye as for women on the other hand it seems as if were labeled as emotional, sympathetic, and very expressing of our feelings rather than man But if i had to put my perspective on this ...Read more

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Weezy

Two things that irked me were the commentary on MMA, if you researched anything past watching some MMA highlights you would realize that it is the farthest thing from "street fighting". There is so much technique, training, and fight IQ that has to be put in to even be average at the pro ...Read more

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Marcy

This film was eye opening due to the problems occurring around us. I never really made them the connects with the boy violence problem. My brothers are so much older than I am so I never saw them experience that phase. I hope that this video reaches to parents so they can see the one going ...Read more

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Sydney

Lately the media has been revolving around stigmas about women so it was interesting to see how men were stereotyped. I feel like this film dramatized some of the male stereotypes and used most of the evidence supporting these ideas from the media which in turn reduces the credibility.

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Alex

The point is that masculinity is a culturally-reproduced phenomenon and stuff, like media teaches it. It really doesn't matter if it's film, literature, tv...gender roles are learned in our(Men's) daily lives. Moreover, it's so pervasive, that the roles are confused for being natural when ...Read more

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Grace

I have two brothers and have watched them go through the "gender norm" stages. When we were younger they would recreate scenes from their favorite movies in the yard and sometimes those movies were very violent. However, their eyes would light up overtime because that what boy "love". ...Read more

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Yusuf

I wouldn’t say that they love violence, but boys no doubt love to rough it around.

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Leila

I had never really put into thought how much men are put on the spot, and how they are stereotyped as being violent and dangerous. Many of the focuses on gender now a days concerns more with women, and after this clip I am way more interested in the ideals with men and crimes.

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Brittany

The title of the movie is very clever. Guise simply means to conceal the true nature of something like the word disguise. There are many issues in America worth talking about, but this is almost never discuss. There is a pattern of men/boys causing the most violence and we all need to open ...Read more

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Shae

The first fact that stuck out to me in this video was the fact that every large mass
murder has been by a man except for one instance. I think in my mind I knew that, but seeing
the stats that went with it made me wonder why that was. So I guess hearing that in the
beginning ...Read more

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Jasmin

The tough guise that men stubble with can be very detrimental physically and mentally. I believe each culture has some type of tough that men of all ages struggle with. It would be beneficial to educate more people on the negatives of the tough guise and see it would affect our culture and ...Read more

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Brittani

Calling young boys beating up other young boy "boys just being boys" has always really bothered me. Violence is not something we should just let slide, even at a young age. If we agree that boys hitting other boys is just them being boys, then where do we draw the line? What happens when a ...Read more

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Shelbi

My eyes are now open, and I am realizing just how accurate this video was. One the new most of the criminal incidents I can think of did revolve around a man, however that was never the "reason" for why they did it, according to the news.

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Crystal

Great depiction of what men in our society is exposed to in relation to being seen as a "mainly man". Katz does an amazing job on pointing out the issues with media and society on not seeing this issue as a gender based issue but rather biological. Very eye-opening piece.

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Anonymous

This is such a great video and really creates a conversation piece. I have three boys and I really hope I can raise them to be resilient to the pressures of always being the strong man; that showing emotion is ok and encouraged. Media and social media have a lot of control that we as parents ...Read more

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Anonymous

The confronting nature of this docu makes you see masculinity in a different light. It offers a discussion we need to have with our boys growing up into manhood.

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robbyn

Sad that males can't/won't adjust to the real world, but prefer to live in a violent fantasy world of sham-hood not manhood.

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Anonymous

Robbyn,
While many males continue to struggle with the way that masculinity is defined, I don't feel that it is productive to stereotype all males as either declining or failing to adjust. Your statement that "males...prefer to live in a violent fantasy world..." is, in my opinion, a ...Read more

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Anonymous

Absolutely amazing work. We need to do something about the culture, but how? I hope Katz continues his work with something along those lines to be able to, at least, start the change of something so complex.

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Sarah

Powerful, Educational. Truthful

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Anonymous

So real. There's many challenging, but highly necessary, views presented.

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Anonymous

Like its predecessor (Tough Guise I), this video is very informative and examines a critical issue in our culture. However, I am disappointed that Katz did not spend much time on the solution. What are we supposed to do, exactly, when the men and boys in our lives espouse these ideals of ...Read more

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Anonymous

The only thing I didn't agree with in this was putting Dirty Jobs in with "masculine" shows. It's easy to see the viewpoint for why it's there, but I feel like that's reading too much into it.
Outside of that one point, I agree with everything else.

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Mark Marciszewski

Gran Torino clip taken way out of context. The message Clint Eastwood's character tries to send throughout the whole movie is nonviolence. (*********spoiler alert**********) In fact in the end he locks Thao in his basement so Thao does not act in rash violence against his cousin's gang in ...Read more

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Anonymous

that might be true but you are missing t he point of the film maybe.

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Anonymous

Awesome piece.

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Anonymous

I found the imaging confronting, however, that was required to highlight the issue of men and violence.

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Anonymous

Very informative and insightful, a must watch for anyone concerned about the future of our country