The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you are learning in the course material to actual practice by critically reviewing a documentary film that explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, meand society at large and unveils what we can do about it. This film is NOT specifically about violence and maltreatment in intimate relationships, but is a poignant reflection of how toxic or hegemonic masculinity (discussed more below) and male entitlement beliefs lead to our society telling boys and men that the only acceptable emotions are anger, and the only acceptable responses to that anger are violence.
MLO 2.2: Identify at least two risk factors for engaging in and two risk factors for experiencing each of the subtypes of VMIR
MLO 4.2: Explain the theory of at least one prevention program for each VMIR subtype
MLO 4.3: Articulate the social, cultural and political conditions that promote resilience and minimize violence across VMIR subtypes to inform their professional role and advocacy efforts
MLO 4.4: Summarize at least one intervention for offenders, and one intervention for survivors that has efficacy for each type of VMIR, including the theory behind the program, the target group, and key program components
MLO 5.3: Recommend appropriate violence prevention/treatment resources within their community to children and families they serve
Important term for review prior to completing your assignment:
Hegemonic masculinity: Rigid conventional notion that males are superior to women and should have more power, status, and privileges; that masculinity and femininity are opposites. “Masculine men” are unemotional, tough, competitive, and willing to take risks. Any male who displays so-called feminine traits (fear, physical frailty) is derided as weak and called demeaning slurs used to refer to women. In “boy culture,” young men work tirelessly to prove they are “not gay.” The pressure to demonstrate their acceptable masculinity reinforces a school environment conducive to sexual and gender harassment.
A. Watch the movie “The Mask You Live In”.
B. Submit a written (3-4 pages double spaced) review of the movie when you’re done. Your review should include the questions below. Please use headings referring to each question.
1. Masculinity, femininity, and the masks we wear
What resonated with you in this film (e.g.- what made you stop and think- “Wow, I never thought about…”
However you identify yourself gender-wise, do you consider yourself to be a strong or weak individual? Do you associate your answer with masculine/feminine stereotypes in any way? When you are feeling weak, do you feel more feminine, and vice versa?
What metaphorical mask do you wear when facing the outside world? What function does it have? Does it serve you well?
2. Hegemonic masculinity and violence
Recall that hegemonic masculinity, patriarchal gender norms, and male entitlement beliefs greatly increase the likelihood of young men engaging in peer sexual assault or dating violence, and of adult men engaging in intimate partner violence.
Provide 2 examples you saw in the documentary where men described engaging in acts of violence (there are more in the second half of the film). Be sure to include the type of violence they engage in (e.g. peer sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, community violence).
How did hegemonic masculinity contribute to their being violent?
What other risk factors for perpetrating intimate violence, based on the READING OR LECTURES, did these men have?
3. Prevention and Intervention
Select ONE of the boys or men in the documentary that tells his story.
Discuss one prevention program that he may have benefited from prior to engaging in or experiencing violence (if the person is an adult, you can select something that could have been helpful when he was a kid or adolescent), and one intervention program he would have benefited from after engaging in or experiencing violence. DO NOT JUST WRITE THE NAME OF THE PROGRAM! Describe the program and WHY this would be helpful for this person. Full credit will only be given to responses that show understanding and integration of course materials.
Example programs discussed in the book or in the lectures: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Incredible Years, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Green Dot, Baestander, Program H/M, Fourth R, Responsible Fatherhood Program, Restorative Justice, Coaching Boys into Men, Expect Respect, Batterer Intervention Programs.
Purpose The purpose of this assignment is to apply what you are learning in the