Movie Review

Diana Davidson offers an insight into the concept of feminism as it relate men. While the social construct confine men to specific masculine activities, feminism offers a better self-satisfaction opportunity for all. As Diana says, feminism has different perspectives. While men have traditionally associated feminism with women, the reality of contemporary society necessitates a change in mind. The overwhelming gender bias that constrains men to undertake only masculine activities is an emerging threat to personal freedom. After all Diana emphasizes that existing socio-economic factors and the increasing dynamism in the society calls for men to embrace feminism. In other words, men are equally suffering in silence both unknowingly and due to ego. The presentation attempts to reconcile the fragile relationship between feminists and men. Critical observation of the modern societal trends shows that men have equally suffered in the hands of women. As Diana cites, there are incidences where the some women rape men and female pedophiles are on the rise. Sexual assault against men by women is a reality but men die in silence due to anti-feminist mentality. Her observation is consistent with the contemporary social fabric where roles are increasingly changing between men and women despite opposition from some quarters. Cases of women lying and sending me to jail, assaulting them sexually, frustrating them in relationships, and using undue influence to exploit are on the rise. While men are suffering, existing social norms are inclined to the tradition of masculinity and the need for a man to remain strong and persevere even extreme circumstances. The longstanding perception of men on feminism is actually backfiring on them.

The video offers a critical discussion on the role of feminism in as much as the interest of men is concerned. The overbearing mentality of feminism as associated with weakness is indirectly asserting pressure on men. It is therefore important that men reconsider their position on the debate about feminism. The American society and the rest of the world have historically placed power and control in the hands of men. This has led to patriarchal society that worships male dominance. However, as Diana explores, feminism is a campaign that seek to normalize relations and put equality between the two genders. The social construct of the society on the other hand put a lot of concealed burden on men. Although authority, control and aggressiveness are some of the characteristics of masculinity, not every man is able to possess them. In that regard, the inevitable upsurge of feminine control of resources and potential threat of gender-based violence require that men support feminism to gain platform of lodging complaints and getting help. Diana gives several examples of some men that cannot provide for their families as being branded weak. Such tags arise from the tradition association of men with responsibility. However, the changing socio-economic times are fast altering roles and men are facing the reality of displaced ego. Many men are not able to cope with the feminine branding they receive for failure to meet the patriarchal society conditions. In that regard, even if men continue to believe the myths of feminism, they are equally on the losing end. While patriarchy oppresses women, it equally harms men.

The expectations set by the society for men are a cause for concern. Recalling the affirmative action that has repetitively focused on girls while overlooking the plight of boys, Diana hints at the relevance of feminism to the 21st century man. Such expectations as being family breadwinner, aggressive, competitive, risk-taker, among others put non-conformists to ridicule. For instance, cases where a man fails to fit into any of the aforementioned expectations; he is branded a weakling, which insinuates a woman. In that regard, in as much as feminism is associated with oppression of women, men that fail to cope with the standards of patriarchy are branded similarly. While sexism is a subject dominated and controlled by men, instances of impotence due to health, psychological instability, and other circumstances reduce the same male to female status. It therefore means that if such weakness association with feminism was not present, branding would not be observed. Sexism is at the center of Diana’s argument. While people feel that women are more of the victim in sexism, men are not spared either. Women are expected to dress in a given way, exhibit some physical size, shape and posture. For reasons beyond human control, some men that are created with close physiological resemblance to women are punished through tagging as women. When it comes to dress code, lifestyle, and beauty, choices of men are fixed and any attempt to explore result in reprimand. Diana therefore asks if such experiences make men stronger or just frustrate their lives. The conflicting societal rules put men in a desperate situation and have resulted to some committing suicide for failure to conform to the societal expectations.

It is obvious that in the contemporary society, stakes are too high for men in line with the masculine expectation. In that regard, culture of hyper-masculinity is steadily destroying men. Such traits as aggressiveness fuel breakdown of relationships and men also loose. Men are constrained to keep their problems even in cases where they should seek help. Such are just because the society expects men to be strong and brave any situation. While men seek love in relationships, the approach towards intimacy is more of physical and kills the whole thing. In that respect, men have become casualties of failed families and absorbed into severe frustration that leads to actual or attempted suicide. Men are technically doomed to stunted emotional growth due to the overwhelming pressure of the patriarchal society. The presentation is emphatic on the need to embrace feminism as the path towards positive masculinity. According to Diana, feminism is a recipe to positive behavior change and personal transformation. In essence, Diana stands for an inclusive society that promotes participatory decision-making as the best alternative to sustainable social life. Men are at risk of more social challenges if they fail to embrace feminism as it ultimately works in their interest.

The video presentation asserts that feminism will help men to embrace change of gender roles, pre-existing sexual norms, and erase sexist practices that put limit to personal actions and punish men on failure to fit into masculinity. It is an inspiring presentation.

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