Social Policing

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.


I have never seen this documentary but the way you describe it I can easily agree with your opinion. I'm female, and I'm not sure if this hinders my perspective, but personally I feel like it may strengthen my perspective. I'm a bit of a wall flower and love to watch people be, and something I have noticed is not all males have that natural macho personality, but if they don't have it then they sometimes fake it. Personally I don't think its fair to socialize young boys into being a "man". The things our society views as manly (hunting, fighting, etc.) aren't what should make up a man. Those things don't improve a personality and help our communities to become a better place for everyone.
I find it interesting that you connect the encouragement of masculinity to violent crimes, I have never thought of it that way but I think you could definitely be right. I agree that it is important to combat this issue but first I believe more attention should be drawn to it. Both boys and men are being taught the wrong idea of masculinity and what it means. I hope our country becomes a more safe and peaceful place once more are involved in this

I agree as well, except for the part about movies. Sometimes movies are the issue. At a young age our brains become more developed, we get most of our knowledge from experience and observation. Watching movies is observation and a lot of kids want to be just like the super hero or villain they see in movies. Little boys do become influenced by movies and we can find a social impact from the movies to be more masculine and tough, fight or what not. Many tend to defend the movie and say well it's not the movie it is society when it really is both. Movies are meant to grab the attention of its audience and they influence the way society is framed. For example, in many movies Natives are portrayed as the typical "Indian" with little clothing, tools made out of stone and usually the savages but in real life that was not always the fact. Movies make races the way they want the audience to see them and it influences society and the way people think. Ask a little White boy what he thinks a Native is and I bet he will describe what is portrayed in movies. These movies do influence us, just like they influence males to be all tough and strong. The part I agree with about males always trying to be what they think they are supposed to be is wrong. Society needs to stop categorizing people into what they think they should be and just let people be who they want. We are too quick to judge and I think that's the first issue before we try and change society as a whole.

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