In reference to your inquiry about videos focusing on boys, there is very
little available. "Tough Guise" is very good, but the focus on violence
masculinity may give it limited value in the kind of situation you
I have been successful only using segments of it for discussion. The intro
with the "box" discussion with boys does provide a sense of the
of traditional masculinity. Later, the segment, "Invulnerability" followed
by "Vulnerability" is a nice set-up for talking about boys' socialization
away from feelings and emotional connection.
I used to use a video called "A Better Half." It was a dramatic piece that
focused on two adolescent boys and their contrasting personalities. It is
bit dated at this point and took a bit of processing to get at the issues.
have been more effective using clips from popular films that capture
of "boy culture" and male socialization. "Stand By Me," "Dead Poet's
Society," "Good Will Hunting," and the TV movie, "Our Guys," are some of
films I use regularly in workshops.
Your question obviously brings up the need for a video that is broader in
treatment of traditional "male culture" and masculinity while also
alternative perspectives and strategies. The video, "Reviving Ophelia,"
the Media Education Foundation does a fairly good job with that for girls.
Great question, but wish there was an easy answer. Anyone else have any
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