Tough Guise 2
Violence, Manhood & American Culture

Media Education Foundation
Show More

3 videos in this playlist

Tough Guise 2
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…
Tough Guise 2 (Clean)
In this highly anticipated, all-new sequel to the acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz examines the epidemic of violence in America against the backdrop of a media culture…
Tough Guise 2 (Abridged)
In this highly anticipated, all-new sequel to the acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator Jackson Katz examines the epidemic of violence in America against the backdrop of a media culture…

Comments (24)

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
Sarah

Powerful, Educational. Truthful

Anonymous picture
Anonymous

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

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
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.

Anonymous picture
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

Anonymous picture
Anonymous

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

Anonymous picture
Anonymous

Awesome piece.

Anonymous picture
Anonymous

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

Anonymous picture
Anonymous

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

Related videos

Wrestling with Manhood - Boys, Bullying and Battering
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…
Tough Guise - Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity
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 to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of…
Breaking Our Silence - Gloucester Men Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse
This 11-minute documentary gives insight into the activist efforts of a group of men in the town of Gloucester, MA. Using footage from anti-violence marches and centering on community men speaking out against violence and domestic abuse, this video is an effective case study of how men can come together…
Flirting With Danger - Power & Choice in Heterosexual Relationships
Social and developmental psychologist and author Lynn Phillips explores the line between consent and coercion in this thought-provoking look at popular culture and the ways real girls and women navigate their heterosexual relationships and hookups. Featuring dramatizations of interviews that Phillips conducted with hundreds of young women, the film examines…
Mickey Mouse Monopoly - Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power
Part of the Series: MEF Debt & Consumerism Collection
The Disney Company's massive success in the 20th century is based on creating an image of innocence, magic and fun. Its animated films in particular are almost universally lauded as wholesome family entertainment, enjoying massive popularity among children and endorsement from parents and teachers. Mickey Mouse Monopoly takes a close…
The Bro Code - How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men
Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms that are saturated with sexism -- movies and music videos that glamorize misogyny; pornography that trades in the brutalization of…
Spitting Game
Filmmaker Denice Ann Evans draws heavily on the voices of students in this powerful and timely exploration of hookup culture on college campuses. Supplementing student testimony with analysis from experts and health professionals, the film's main concern is whether hookup culture is offering young people a new and potentially liberating…
Generation M - Misogyny in Media and Culture
For all of the achievements of the women's movement over the past four decades, misogyny remains a persistent force in American culture. In this important new documentary, Thomas Keith, Professor of Philosophy at California State University-Long Beach, looks specifically at misogyny and sexism in mainstream American media, exploring how negative…
Boys to Men? - The Meaning of Manhood in America
In this moving follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Hoop Dreams, award-winning filmmaker Frederick Marx continues his exploration of the lives of ordinary young men and the extraordinary challenges they face. Boys to Men? - the second in a proposed trilogy about masculinity in America - trains its focus on the pressures…
Dreamworlds 3 - Desire, Sex & Power in Music Video
Dreamworlds 3 examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and powerful tool for understanding both the continuing influence of music…
Pornland - How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Pornography has moved from the margins of society into the very mainstream of American culture. From Internet pornography to MTV, pop culture industries bombard us with sexualized images of idealized women and men that jump off the screen and into our lives, shaping our gender identities, our body image, and…
Rape Myths on Trial
In this provocative presentation, Anne Munch, a career prosecutor and advocate for victims of gender violence, examines how cultural attitudes shape the outcomes of rape and sexual assault cases. Drawing on years of experience prosecuting sex crimes, Munch shows how rape cases often turn on the involvement of an "unnamed…