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The Representation Project

I found an interesting video confronting gender norms. This video is an advertisement for a larger movement called the Representation Project. Lead by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a up and coming documentary film maker who has filmed Miss Representation (a documentary about misrepresentations of women in the media) and The Invisible War (a documentary on rape in the military), this project aims to bring awareness to the problematic norms that shape society and cause problems to the youth and members of our community. The video includes speaker Jackson Katz, who has his own documentary Tough Guise, about how hypermasculinity in the media teaches young men to rape and is a cause of the school shooting epidemic.

I think projects like this are really important. While individuals like myself can do small projects to affect our local community and promote education where we are located, individuals have limited resources and time. When big time stars such as Rosario Dawson and these well known documentary film makers take on an advocacy like this, they draw more attention on a larger scale. They have the resources to help make a grassroots movement across the country and hopefully make political and societal changes if enough people get involved. I hope you enjoy the video– it pretty much sums up what my advocacy project was this semester.

What do you think?

Sam

“Man Up”: More Harm than Good

“Man up!” “Grow a pair!” Just two ways to tell someone they need to be tougher, more masculine, like a real man. This dominate idea of what masulinity: of being, strong, tough, and emotionless actually is more harmful for males than it is empowering. Jackson Katz, author of Tough Guise, indicates these images of being a “macho man” like Rambo or the Terminator teach men to be a man and to be powerful you must be violent, especially toward women. The ideas endorse using violence as a way of getting why you want (a reason why there is an increase in school shootings in the past 20 years). The ideas teach men that you should remain emotionless because “big boys don’t cry”.

So next time you hear someone say “Man Up” or “Grow a pair” Respond with one of the following ways:

Sam