Gays in the Closet, Women in the Kitchen

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“Gays in the Closet, Women in the Kitchen”
Active Learning Assignment #1

To delve into the world of male masculinity is to open a can of worms. In the world we live in today, the “tough guise” persona is eroding against its own will. Men are becoming more feminine: they get facials, pedicures, and have spa trips. Aside from the frivolous things, however, men are finally beginning to open up more and become more understanding. There are also men fighting against this transformation. In my opinion however, this change hardly makes them less of a man. In fact, it makes them more of a man that women would want to be with. As Braid Paisley, the country singer, ever so eloquently puts it: “I'll pour out my heart, hold your hand in the car, write a love song that makes you cry, Then turn right around knock some jerk to the ground, 'Cause he copped a feel as you walked by. I can hear you now talking to your friends saying, "Yeah girls he's come a long way" from dragging his knuckles and carrying a club and building a fire in a cave. But when you say a backrub means only a backrub then you swat my hand when I try. Well, what can I say at the end of the day, Honey, I'm still a guy.”

One of the most interesting ideas in the documentary was the exploration of masculinity and its link to fear as a way of gaining respect. A clip shown quoted: “Never show weakness, the only pain that matters is the pain you inflict”. Quotes like these are misleading; telling the young, influential men of the world that the only way to earn respect and power is by disrespecting women and putting down the ‘little guy’. The over masculine, chauvinistic male persona is not the best way to succeed anymore. The business world has never before been as well balanced with men and women as it is in this century. As women have finally begun to find the equality they have long worked for, and as these women strive for success, there are men holding tightly to what used to be a male dominant...
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