Project #55630 - comparing the two documentaries with the Links, Killing Us Softly 4 and Tough Guise 2

 

 

 

    • For this essay, you will be analyzing, discussing, and comparing the two documentaries, Killing Us Softly 4 and Tough Guise 2. Both are available for streaming with the links. 
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  • Killing Us Softly deconstructs how advertising and media depict women and create ideal femininity (based on appearance), and Tough Guise deconstructs the creation of ideal masculinity as based on toughness and violence. Based on your experience, readings, discussions, and thoughts, write a two page essay comparing and contrasting the two ideals for women and men. Here are some topics that will provide starting points for your reflection:
  • —· Which ideal is more prominent in American culture?
  • —· Which is more damaging to the sex to which the ideal applies? Which is more damaging to the opposite sex?
  • —· Both of these idealized gender presentations are highly heteronormative. Does that impact their power or influence in any way?
  • —· Killing Us Softly discussed how white women are the embodiment of the possible beauty ideal, whereas Tough Guise talked about the construction of black urban masculinity as the ultimate in male toughness. How does race play in to the creation of these ideals? Do people from different races have different expectations when it comes to conforming?
  • —· Are the consequences more severe for men who don’t conform or for women who don’t conform?
  • —· How do you see these creations of idealized masculinity and femininity in your own lives? Do you think either ideal is changing? If so, how?
  • —· Both documentaries look at media portrayals. Is media an accurate lens of what society values and believes? Why or why not?
  • These are some ideas to get you started- you can focus on one or two, or talk about another aspect for comparison and contrast. While this is largely a reflective and opinion based essay.
  • http://ola4.aacc.edu.ezproxy.aacc.edu/library/protected/?file=film/ToughGuise2.mp4&width=640&height=360
This is a link to the movie tough guise 2 - http://ola4.aacc.edu.ezproxy.aacc.edu/library/protected/?file=film/ToughGuise2.mp4&width=640&height=360
This is a link to killing us softly 4 - http://ola4.aacc.edu.ezproxy.aacc.edu/library/protected/?file=film/Killing%20Us%20Softly.f4v&width=486&height=364
The code to enter to watch to two videos are here. 1950005504902

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/13/2015 12:00 am
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