Gender Matters. 

Session 2 explores the role of gender in creating the different experiences of being men and women. The  purpose of this session is to challenge the gender assumptions that contribute to inequality and can lead to violence supportive attitudes. 

Go back to the Be The Hero! site and work through the following;

• Definitions of gender

• A riddle that highlights gender assumptions

• A quiz that highlights gender inequalities

• A Jackson Katz exercise that demonstrates differences in the ways men and women experience personal safety

• A Jackson Katz video showing how ideas of masculinity are constructed called Tough Guise.



This clip captures the essence of the Be The Hero! program.

Before you show the clip ask the students to list the words we use to describe 'real men' and the words that describe those who don't appear to measure up to this standard. It will help your students to better relate to the clip. 

Does media cause sterotypes?

Some clips from recent movies where stereotypes are highlighted and questioned.

Now look at the next two links to highlight the impact of advertising upon male stereotyping.

The Media Bites clip is great as there is a 'voice over' which allows students to hear this information from a 3rd party and tends to give the information more legitimacy than coming from 'the facilitator'.


Ask the boy's to count the number of male stereotypes highlighted in the Burger King ad.

Then see how you go unpicking each of the stereotypes.


Tell your students that they are allowed to laugh at this next clip!!

Then take a serious look at the subtle messages that it reinforces.

The following clip challenges the gender stereotypes that exist within society with some excellent quotes.


Significant teachers - Our role models!

The media is not the only modelling force acting to educate young people.

In the Tough Guise clip, Jackson Katz highlights the role that parents or 'significant others' play in modelling behaviours to young people. 

The 'Tough Guise' clip shows that in the U.S.A 81% of children who  grow up in violent homes go on to become perpetrators themselves. This trend also exists in Australia and is a theme acknowledged by Patrick Stewart  in his clip.

Below are some clips that highlight the influence of our significant others.




The following clip looks at father role models on TV using popular cartoons.

It is excellent and works really well with men and boys.

 # Activity

Ask students to write a paragraph or just make notes of the key features of a good father.

Ask them to reflect upon what type of father they would like to become.


We hear so much about the terrible role models for young people, particularly entertainers and sportsmen.

Can your students come up with a list of great male role models and list the qualities that they have that give them such respect?

Could your class create a film script or actual clip that is a parody of the Children See... Children Do clip, thus creating a positive perspective on role modelling? 

Show your students this very powerful clip 'Children See Children Doand challenge them to make their parody.

If your students do make a clip, please contact us so we can see it and promote it, where possible, to other students.


Show your group the following clip as an example of a positive use of media.

It also highlights a world wide desire to promote peaceful and respectful actions amongst our world community.  

And finally.......... An extremely positive message from Rugby's elite players! Perfect...!