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

Feminist and anti-violence educator Jackson Katz discusses the ways in which men are constructed to be violent. Katz makes the point that men have a responsibility to deal with these negative forms of masculinity, even though women are typically the ones bringing attention to the issue. He discusses the importance of alternative masculinities, and how both men and women can help bring this change.

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Overcoming violent and oppressive forms of masculinity is definitely a feminist issue; however, as Katz points out, these forms of masculinity are detrimental to men—not just women. Why are many men so defensive of a certain type of masculinity? Why are so many men reluctant to identify as feminists, even if they hold feminist values?

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