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In my Gendered World Views class, we recently learned about the relation between sports and hegemonic masculinity. What stuck out to me is a certain part of a reading derived from Handbook of Studies on Man and Masculinities where Michael Messner talks about men's health in sports. The reason I...

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Hanging around male friends, I've heard sexist comments directed towards me as "jokes", and honestly, I've been guilty of laughing along and replying with an equally sexist comment, all in the name of good fun. But was laughing the correct behavior in this situation or should I have felt offended...

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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...

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As much as society would like to peg woman as a leading cause for "de-masculization" it seems that more and more its the realization of young men that the roles society has determined for them are not as glamourous as Hollywood makes them out to be. Why is it that stoic is the best attribute to...

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            Fitting in is a key desire for most people today, however it appears that there is an extra pressure on men to conform to certain ideals in order to be accepted by their peers and ultimately fit in. When these ideals are not met in the desirable fashion they are often victim of severe...

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The article “Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?” by Nicholas Kristof on the New York Times website from August 27, 2014 explains how young African-American males are the subjects of racism and stereotyping by society as a whole. This problem is largely caused by those who do not think of themselves...

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         The article “The One Place in Canada Where Racism is Still Tolerated: Native Reserves” by Jonathan Kay, printed in the National Post on September 22, 2014, reports how the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake continues to enforce a law that forbids mixed-race couples from living within the borders...

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            On 28 of January 2012, the New York Times published the opinion-based article "Ritalin Gone Wrong" by L. Alan Sroufe. Even though he does not cite his sources, this professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development did argued a valuable...

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Ethics Short Paper – Capital Punishment             In the article from October 2002, “Florida Execution of Aileen Wuornos: Another Morbid Media Spectacle”, by Kate Randall, the matter of capital punishment is covered in great detail. This article reports the case of Aileen Wuornos, a former...

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In my Gendered World Views class, we recently learned about the relation between sports and hegemonic masculinity. What stuck out to me is a certain part of a reading derived from Handbook of Studies on Man and Masculinities where Michael Messner talks about men's health in sports. The reason I choose to talk about this subject is because I don't believe I've ever given conscious thought to the fact that sport and health, contrary to popular belief, are often not synonymous.

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     Girls are often restricted and told what to wear and what to do, mostly by their parents, teachers and school principals.  Where I went to highschool, we had a dress-code.  Girls were allowed to wear shorts and skirts, but they had to be at knee-length or longer.  This was boldly specified in the school rules section of our agenda.  Meanwhile, for boys, the dresscode was simple: a polo, pants or shorts.  Nowhere did it specify how long the shorts had to be, and on a few occasions, some boys wore short shorts.

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                                                "Act like a man"

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Are men forced to be something they're not ? From the start they've been told to man up, ignore pain and be a "man". They're told that Men don't show emotions, that men are violent, that men are sexual. To be a man, you have to fit everything in the man box.  In our Western Civilization culture, if you don't follow the manbox, you're told that you're weak, sensitive and you risk of being disrespected by others just because you don't fit the criteria of a "man". The man box has hurt more people than it helped. People are pressured to be this "man" just to be socially accepted by others.

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       What is a real man? Is it a strong man, rich man, or a successful man? The answer is the man who is violent, sexual, powerful, and emotionless. The real man must fit all the rules of the “man box”. In the American’s culture, men should follow the rules of the “man box”. Does the “man box” really help men? They thought this is only way being a real man. However, I think there are some different ways to be a real man, and the man box is negative effect to man. This is because of the pressure from the “man box”.

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Video games and film industries become educational institution for young boys to teach violence in North America. Almost every year mass shootings make news headline in America.  Girls are influenced by sexiness and beauty of Hollywood movie stars while boys imitate the violent behaviours of the video games and movies characters in their real life. We introduce violence to boys at very young age through movies like American movie “Kung Fu Panda” in which characters are fun for kids to watch, but in the mean time they are exposed to violence situations.

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The documentary “Tough Guise 2” is an eye-opening revelation about understanding the roots of what truly is the ideal masculinity. The title really sums it up. Men are bound to appear and act tough in the society. Most parents would expose their sons, at a very young age, with toys associated to power and violence. As they grow up, boys will learn and develop these constructed definitions of manhood. This explains why most violence are done by men based on statistics.

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In the article “Company Sells Native American Headdress, Says It’s Not Racist In The Worst Way Possible”, in Huffington Post, by an anonymous author, on October 1st, the reader is introduced to the DollsKill Company, new Halloween costumes. Like many other companies, the author argues, some of their apparel falls under the cultural appropriation. The disturbing costume in question is a fringed feather headpiece, which is made to portray an Aboriginal person in traditional attire. An anonymous email was sent to call out the blatant racism.

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For centuries, men have had multiple expectations to live up to. Whether it be to be chivalrous, be the one with steady income, or even be the ones to engage with a woman rather than the opposite. In society, men shouldn't show signs of weakness, fear, or sadness without being called weak or soft. We are also human, we experience the same feelings, thoughts, and emotions as women do, yet we are the ones who must hide them and "man up" ? In this day and age, people have the right to express themselves however they want, and this is why this issue needs to be addressed.

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I have never been to Tokyo dome. I like Yomiuri Giants in baseball team, so I want to go to Tokyo dome and watch baseball games. Tokyo dome is the first roofed baseball park built in Japan. This is started operating in 1988. The facility can house 55,000 people. Tokyo dome is the home of the Yomiuri Giants in baseball team. This is used for live concert too.

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