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Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in our culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms that are saturated with sexism -- movies and music videos that glamorize misogyny; pornography that centralize on the brutalization of women; comedy routines that make fun of sexual assault; and a slate of men's magazines and cable TV shows whose sole purpose is to revel in reactionary myths of American manhood.
This film is a great way to begin discussions about the ways in which men are inundated with unhealthy representations of masculinity. Discussions are aimed at finding alternative ways of expression and how men can help eliminate violence.
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.
This film does not seek to vilify hip-hop, but rather put it in a context of all the media that socialize men into devaluing women. This film and program focuses on mainstream hip-hop's role as one of many media texts that sell a unhealthy image of relationships.
Miss Representation explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The film explores the specific ways in which beauty ideals for women are a part of the structure that disadvantages women----but acknowledges how this set up is unhealthy for men and women alike.
With a wide-range of media texts and commentators featured in the film, Miss Representation is a great film to use in your next program!