...a real man is someone who trusts his sisters and respects them, and wants to be on their team...
Is masculinity dead? Are all men bad? Why does it feel like sometimes all males are accused of being sexist misogynist creeps? When society and feminism started questioning the harmful roles and stereotypes assigned to women, we also began looking at masculinity – and it didn’t look great.
While feminism has highlighted many problematic male stereotypes, it is not meant to mark ‘the end of men or masculinity’. In this three-part series, we present men giving their takes on what it can and should mean to be a fair, loving and respectful man today.
Part 3: Colin Stokes
When Colin Stokes' 3-year-old son caught a glimpse of "Star Wars," he was instantly obsessed. But what messages did he absorb from the sci-fi classic? Stokes asks for more movies that send positive messages to boys: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.
Comparing The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars, Stokes introduces us to the Bechdel Test and asks for more movies that send positive messages to children: that cooperation is heroic, and respecting women is as manly as defeating the villain.
The director of communications for the non-profit Citizen Schools, Colin Stokes thinks deeply about the media he shares with his two young children.