This clip comes from a documentary, produced by the Media Education Foundation, called Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity. In this segment, educator and scholar Jackson Katz outlines what it means to be a “real man” in contemporary American society. He argues that a focus on being a “tough guy” leads to high rates of violence among men and boys, as well as unproductive relationships and unfulfilled personal lives.
ABC News introduces viewers to the challenges 11-year old Jazz Jennings encounters being transgender. Jazz explains that her genitalia pose the most difficult hurdle, serving as a reminder that she is not biologically female. While puberty is a trying time for most children, the story enumerates a host of additional concerns Jazz must face, from a deepening voice to growing facial hair. Jazz, with the support of her family, has decided to undergo hormone therapy that blocks testosterone to prevent these changes. She also considers taking estrogen in the future, knowing that there may be consequences of these hormone treatments in the future. ABC news first interviewed Jazz when she was 6 years old in 2007.
In this episode of 20/20 from 2012, anchor Barbara Walters sat down with Jenna Talackova, a transgender model and television personality, along with her mother. Talackova was denied entry into the Miss Universe Canada because she was born a male. After the threat of legal action, Talackova prevailed and was able to compete in the competititon. In this interview, Jenna and her mother describe her experience as a transgender woman, including her transition into a female body through sex reassignment surgery and other means.
This clip is an interview with Tyra Banks conducted by ABC News’ Cynthia McFadden. The lead-in to the interview describes Banks’ rise from a one-bedroom apartment in South Central Los Angeles to her current status as a wealthy “supermogul.” Banks’ two personas are introduced: a supportive “self-esteem queen” on her daytime talk show, and a harsh “princess of pretty” on America’s Next Top Model. Banks’ tells of overcoming racism to break into the modeling industry, and proclaims that her mission in life is to expand the definition of beauty. The video shows her dramatically criticizing journalists who made disparaging marks about her weight and deriding a woman for bleaching her own and her children’s skin. Yet at the same time, Banks admits that she always wears a hair weave or wig, and that she has likely been successful in modeling due to her light-skin and “anglo” features.
This clip was produced in 2010 by the Australian version of the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. Reporter Liz Hayes explores recent controversies in Australia and Europe regarding the Burka and hijab, types of veils and headscarfs worn by Muslim women. It begins with a portrait of Australian Muslim women soccer players who are outraged by efforts to ban the wearing of the headscarf during soccer matches. It also outlines the arguments of several non-Muslim politicians who call for strict restrictions on where, when and how these religious articles of clothing can be worn. Further, the report speaks to a British Muslim cleric who preaches a radically strict interpretation of Islam. The program concludes with the perspective of a featured Muslim female soccer player: "I'm an Australian more than anyone else here," she says. "If you are going to judge me by my hijab, then really, that's your problem."