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"Bros Before Hos":The Guy Code

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Transcript of "Bros Before Hos":The Guy Code

"Bros Before Hos":The Guy Code
Michael Kimmel
author of
Guyland:The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
(2008)

where he investigates the rites, preoccupations, and values of young men.
wrote an edited more than a dozen books regarding men and masculinity
spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS)
What is Manhood?
Winning is essential. Men are perpetually judged based on toys, women, and penis length.
Never show emotion. Only losers admit to weakness.
The Four Rules of Guy Code
1. No sissy stuff. Never act in a way that would be preceived as gay, effimante, or weak
2.Be a big wheel. Masculinity is measured by wealth and power more so than any one body part.
3.Be a sturdy oak. A man is reliable in crisis.
4. Give 'em Hell. Men take risks and pay no attention to what others think.
"Be a Man"
Where do we learn what it means to be a man?
dads, brothers, coaches and teachers
Men adhere to guy code because humiliation and judgement from male peers.
"It is not for women or self desire."

Would you be insulted if someone called you gay?
What kind of things do we associate with being a gay man?
Gender Police
"The lowest degrading thing you can say to a man when you're battling him is to call him a faggot and try to take away his manhood. Call him a sissy. Call him a punk. "Faggot" to me doesn't necessarily mean gay people. "Faggot" to me just means taking away your manhood."
Eminem in a 2001 MTV interview
Rereading America page 615
Where the Code Begins
Dads vs. Moms on Bullying
Men are more likely to be depressed, suicidal, drop out of school, or be diagnosed with emotional disturbance due to society's strict gender roles.
Conclusions
*discussion
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