5 Thought-Provoking Masculinity Videos All Fathers Must Watch

Provocative, intriguing and necessary.

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I have recommended many masculinity videos on this blog.

From documentaries that challenge harmful stereotypes, to short films and web-series, I strive to be a reliable ressource for quality content that challenge the toxic culture of masculinity.

The video content that I selected for this blog post is a bit different.

While they still challenge the rigid norms and expectations of what it means to be a man, I found them to be particularly intriguing either by their format or by their delivery.

They seemed really relevant for all men but particularly fathers.

I think you will enjoy these 5 thought-provoking masculinity videos. I hope they have a positive impact on your life.

1. To be a man

About the video: When they were 16 and co-chairs of their high school’s White Ribbon anti-violence campaign, twin brothers Eric and Anthony McGriff began volunteering at Vera House, a domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention agency in Syracuse, N.Y., and say they have been working to end sexual and relationship violence ever since. They are now 23.  Source: Voice Male

Director, Editor: Solon Quinn | Producer: Benjamin Schechter | Writers: Eric & Anthony McGriff

2. Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’

Author’s bio: Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator. His work explores the relationships between identity, power, and resistance, and has been featured on UpworthyWelcome to Night ValeEveryday Feminism, MSNBC, the Huffington Post, and beyond. Garnering over ten million views online, Guante has also performed live at the United Nations, given a TedxTalk, and presented at countless colleges, universities, and conferences.

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3. Be a Man – Hustle

About the video: this short film about masculinity is a masterpiece. The director Thomas Payton-Greene represented beautifully (and with much needed provocation) the destructive results of male emotional stoicism. The storytelling is brillant and these two sentences speak volume: “Don’t choose pride over a life of pain. It took me years to hug my dad and his dad was the same.” If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, the following organisations offer advice and support https://bbc.in/2o6Sp5a

4. Be a Man | Men | One Word | Cut

About the video: Cut invites people from different groups to weigh in on one word–and their responses show us just how complicated and unique we all are. This video is about being a man. Males aged 5 to 50 weigh-in on this challenging topic.

5. #HatchKids Discuss Male Gender Stereotypes

About the video: Drawing inspiration from Common Sense Media, this workshop’s mission was to examine male gender stereotypes perpetuated by the media, and explain what kids think it means to “be a man.” SheKnows Media’s Hatch program creates KidsSpeak content for grown-ups, made by kids on a mission. For more information, visit – http://corporate.sheknows.com/hatch

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