Film: The Bro Code, how contemporary culture creates sexist men
The generous posting of the script of the film can be found here.
From the script: Thomas Keith: “And so for many kids, these stars are role models who tell boys how to be men. And beyond the lure of drugs, money, and fame, an alpha male – by the measurement of music videos – is a man who possesses and controls women. In this world men never view women as equals. Rather women are objects to use sexually, to show other men that you have power. But it is important to note, this womanizing attitude is not a black thing or a Latino thing, this is a man thing. We find it across all cultural backgrounds. An example of this can be seen on university campuses, where the slogan “Bro’s before hoes” permeates college parties across the nation...
“Notice how Stagliano degenders the language of this sentence to cast blame away from the male perpetrator, as though this may be a problem between people instead of, overwhelmingly, men victimizing women. But when even the founder of Gonzo porn is concerned about how his product influences the people who watch it, you can clearly see that in this business, profit is more important than people and in their more candid moments, they admit it. A typical example of the degradation found in mainstream Gonzo porn comes from JM Productions, makers of racist hate porn, where a man has sex with a woman, and then pushes her head into a toilet and flushes. The production company states, and these are their very words, “Every whore gets the swirlies treatment. Fuck her, then flush her.”
Filmmaker Thomas Keith, a professor of philosophy at California State University, Long Beach, provides an engrossing look at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Breaking down a range of contemporary media forms targeted explicitly at young men, Keith teases out the main maxims of ‘bro culture’ and ‘the bro code,’ and examines how this seemingly ironic mentality reinforces misogyny and gender violence in the real world. Whether he's looking at movies and music videos that glamorize womanizing, pornography that trades in the brutalization of women, comedians who make fun of sexual assault, or the recent groundswell in men's magazines and cable TV shows that revel in reactionary myths of American manhood, the message Keith uncovers in virtually every corner of our "entertainment" culture is clear: that it's not only normal -- but cool -- for boys and men to control and humiliate women. Along the way, The Bro Code makes a powerful case that there's nothing normal, natural, or inevitable about this toxic ideal of American manhood, and challenges young people to fight back against the resurgent idea that being a ‘bro’ -- and a man -- means glorifying sexism, bullying, and abuse. http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=246