Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s The Mask You Live In argues that Americans have a narro


Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s The Mask You Live In argues that Americans have a narrow definition of masculinity, which negatively impacts young boys, who ultimately grow up to be men who feel a tremendous pressure to adhere to societal ideals of masculinity. Michael Kimmel’s “Bros Before Hos: The Guy Code” discusses how young men are influenced from a very young age to adhere to societal ideals of masculinity which in turn causes them to suppress their emotions and feel pressured to demonstrate dominance over others. Both works explore the complexities of masculinity in American society and argue for the need to shift the way young boys are taught to understand what it means to be a man. Write a paper that explores the problems that arise when boys are taught such narrow definitions of masculinity.
Time: 240 minutes
Total points: 100
Successful essays will:
Assess the issue at large and incorporate evidence from the film (The Mask You Live In) and article.
Have a clear, concise thesis statement.
Adhere to MLA format.
Be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
Grading criteria:
Accurately and effectively introduce and contextualize the issue of toxic masculinity.
Thesis statement clearly highlights the social implications of toxic masculinity.
Critically supports the thesis statement with textual evidence and commentary.
Cites “Bros Before Hos” and The Mask You Live In at least once. Citations are in correct MLA format. Conclude paper by presenting a thoughtful, persuasive analysis of the following: the significance of the argument and possible solutions.
Use an effective structure that smoothly guides the reader from one idea to the next. Your careful attention to transitioning and topic sentences will be considered here.
Demonstrate a strong command of the written language and have thoroughly edited your paper so that sentences are readable and appropriate for an academic audience.
Adhere to MLA format, grammar, and sentence structure. No need for works cited page.


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