March 4, 2009
Reflection Essay 1
Tough Guise is the first film I have ever viewed that made me realize how bias this world is regarding men. This film made me realize that the role of being “masculine” involved so much ie., performance, image, and the role that they play. I was not prepared for the disturbing tour that Katz took you through using powerful role models. In my observation, Katz did an excellent job examining the relationship between male culture and the construction of the masculine identity in the U.S. I was very shocked by the illistration of the widespread violence in American society such as Littleton, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas and others. This film caused me to realize how blind I was about the issues surrounding me. There is a lot of blame on the Latino population which I disagree with because it seems that the Latinos are more noticed but there are less of them so the one that are in trouble stand out where as the white’s do not. The epidemics of date rape, domestic violence, high school massacres‘, and violent male icons like Rocky, Rambo and Terminator are no strangers to us. These actors are not Latino.
Katz correlation between Howard Stearn and Rush Limboaugh, and the increasing celebration of male violence in professional sports, action games, and slasher films to the masculinity crisis was a huge eye-opener. Although these shows are not part of my TV guide or radio station, I have dismissed the messages as ignorant and their behaviors as demeaning, but of little substance or consequence. It is no wonder that domestic violence has long been recognized as a serious problem in the U.S. Whether your listening to the radio or watching TV you see all the many victims who live with violence.
This film has made me feel obligated to tell people the seriousness of the world around us. This film has given me a new appreciation for the masculinity and has opened up key...