Wrestling with Manhood is the first educational program to pay attention to the enormous popularity of professional wrestling among male youth, addressing its relationship to real-life violence and probing the social values that sustain it as a powerful cultural force. Richly illustrating their analysis with numerous examples, Sut Jhally and Jackson Katz ï¿½ the award-winning creators of the videos Dreamworlds and Tough Guise, respectively ï¿½ offer a new way to think about the enduring problems of menï¿½s violence against women and bullying in our schools.
Drawing the connection between professional wrestling and the construction of contemporary masculinity, they show how so-called ï¿½entertainmentï¿½ is related to homophobia, sexual assault and relationship violence. They further argue that to not engage with wrestling in a serious manner allows cynical promoters of violence and sexism an uncontested role in the process by which boys become ï¿½men.ï¿½
Designed to engage the wrestling fan as well as the cultural analyst, Wrestling with Manhood will provoke spirited debate about some of our most serious social problems.