Help your students deepen their thinking about violence, manhood, and American culture. 

FREE DISCUSSION GUIDE:

TOUGH GUISE 2

T E S T I M O N I A L S

"Cutting across lines of race, class, and ethnicity, Tough Guise 2 sparks sometimes difficult and compelling conversations about what it means to be a man in today’s culture."

Shira Tarrant

Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach

Byron Hurt

Director/Producer

"Tough Guise 2 is one of the most instructive tools available to help educators challenge their students to think more critically and deeply about American manhood, and the costly consequences of subscribing to narrow definitions of masculinity."

S A M P L E  E X E R C I S E

Draw a large box on the board. Then ask students to name characteristics of what the dominant culture defines as a “real man.” Write these characteristics inside the box. When the box is full, ask students to name characteristics of young men and boys who don’t measure up to this ideal of the “real man,” and write these terms outside the box. Then, using this as a visual backdrop, ask students to reflect on where these pressures to remain inside the box come from. 

D I S C U S S I O N  G U I D E  F O R

T O U G H  G U I S E  2

We hope you find this free resource useful for helping to start and guide meaningful discussions and open-ended conversation.  The guide contains:

Section summaries & key points

Discussion questions

Sample assignments

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