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3.08: xXx PLUS The Mask You Live In

May 8, 2016
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The movie xXx was iconic, not just because it spearheaded Vin Diesel into our hearts as an action superstar, and not just because of its one-of-a-kind stunts that were performed on camera. It also taught us a little something about what it means to be men. At least, what the creators of the film xXx thought it meant to us to be men. 

In this week's movie analysis I discuss how the toxic representations of masculinity in the movie xXx can work to shape our understanding of maleness into a narrow box. As if there is only one way to be a man, and Vin Diesel is doing it better than you. I also talk about the women in the film and how they are pictured simply as a means to reinforce this idea of masculinity embodied in Diesel's character. 

At the top of the show, I talk about the documentary The Mask You Live In by The Representation Project. It is a fantastic depiction of how men and boys are negatively brought up to believe that masculinity is something that must be constantly proven. It shows how the lives of men can be destroyed by this culture of "manliness." But it also presents alternatives to these all too familiar representations of men, and shows us how boys could be raised with healthier senses of identity. 

Check out The Mask You Live In, now available on Netflix

REFERENCES 

- The Mask You Live In - The Representation Project - http://bit.ly/1rAC8oH 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from xXx courtesy of Columbia Pictures