by Not Chance on October 22, 2014 - 8:49pm
Tough Guise 2 hit me as one the hardest revelations I have ever experienced before. Since the beginning of my memories anything and pretty much everything I can remember has some how linked into what kind of man I should have become. The film brought up how men have been policing themselves to maintain a patriarchal mentality almost until death. Men were/are not just brought up to be this powerful social soldier as kids, but they continue to be brought up into it by their peers, even at a later age. As the film went on talking about violence, peer-policing and guy codes, I was hit with flashback after flashback continuously as my memories began to link with the documentary. My friends, and even my attempts to survive in high school and in social groups; I recall how there was constant attempting to prove who was a bigger man than the other – who was stronger, who was bigger, who was better and who was smarter. Although it later became more group orientated, it was all about being a tough-guy jock ready to prove our masculinity through the use of violence to prove who the bigger man was.
The documentary showed a series of talkers and media presenters whom constantly blamed everything but man. This is what I believe the film explains to be the core of the issue. Movies aren’t the issue, they are not teaching men to be violent, only men are teaching men to be violent; men are teaching men to accept the ideas and characteristics we see in modern day super-heroes and villains. Men are(less and less in my opinion)trained the day they start talking who they will become like, and then their path to self-identity opens up to different routes that are relevant to only that. Generations learn, and generations teach, and that is how the cycle goes. In my opinion awareness on this matter and further investigation to violence crimes using a psychological perspective is probably one of the best ways to combat this issue and continue with change to stop this kind of social policing that prohibits it.