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December 03, 2012

The bro code

"Filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms, zeroing in on movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, and a groundswell of men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in old-school myths of American manhood. Even as epidemic levels of men's violence against women persist in the real world, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Arguing that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this mentality, The Bro Code challenges young people, young men and women alike, to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means being sexist"--From publisher's website.

As viewers we are inundated with these visuals and information degrading women, and everyone else who doesn't fit the current target market. Fortunately as human beings we are able to distinguish between information pushed at us and reality. I do agree with the producer of this documentary, we all must be aware and not let the over saturation of abuse overwhelm that which we know as reality. I do believe that viewers are able to determine and understand that what is showing is a fiction. We can always employ selective viewing and boycotting. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 55593-D 58 minutes 2011

Posted by mcmike at December 3, 2012 11:27 AM

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