Film and Forum Series: Demystifying Rape Culture - The Bro Code
What: The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men
Where: JDH G5
When: February 19th, 6-9 pm
Why: Generate discussion and influence the way your campus addresses sexual violence.
The second in a series of four films discussingrape culture, The Bro Code examines the ways in which media and popular culturetrains American boys and men to adopt and celebrate sexist views toward women.
Film and Forum Series
Demystifying Rape Culture is a part of a campus-wide effort to engage students as well as campus and community leaders in developing a long-term plan to address sexual violence on the Fredericton campuses (STU, UNB, NBCC). Over the course of the winter semester we will show 4 documentaries, each one of which highlights a specific issue around sexual violence. Following the film, we will hold activities and discussions that will ultimately be used to help create a comprehensive and consistent plan to address sexual violence on these Fredericton campuses.
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/safefredcampus
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/385197764910612/
More about The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men
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.