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Wrestling With Manhood: Boys, Bullying, and Battering
by Media Education Foundation; 2002     

Wrestling with Manhood is the first educational program to pay attention to the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth, addressing its relationship to real-life violence and probing the social values that sustain it as a powerful cultural force. Richly illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz, the award-winning creators of the videos Dreamworlds and Tough Guise, respectively offer a new way to think about the enduring problems of men’s violence against women and bullying in our schools.

Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, they show how so-called “entertainment” is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become “men.” Designed to engage the wrestling fan as well as the cultural analyst, Wrestling with Manhood will provoke spirited debate about some of our most serious social problems.

The DVD includes two versions of Wrestling with Manhood. Both contain violent physical and sexual imagery, and viewer discretion is strongly advised. The abridged version is edited for profanity, nudity, and length.

SECTIONS: Taking Wrestling Seriously / Happy & Escalating Violence / Making Men: Glamorizing Bullying / Homophobia & Constructing Heterosexuality / Divas: Sex & Male Fantasy / Normalizing Gender Violence / It’s Only Entertainment?

Length: 60 min (15 min extras)

DVD

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