This short film is an important and uncompromising look at toxic masculinity and internalized homophobia in America
You might not realize it, but among some young American men there’s a real crisis and a battle of identity politics again. Things like hyper and toxic masculinity have a real effect on people, their lives, and their actions, including attitudes towards women, minority groups, and LGBTQ+ people.
Now a new short film produced by MTV is aiming to raise awareness and tackle the problems with extreme candour.
Titled American Male, the film was produced as part of of MTV’s Look Different creator campaign, which aimed to help lift the lid on and challenge the racial, gender, and LGBTQ+ biases and the privilege that many people take for granted.
Directed by Michael Rohrbaugh, the six-minute film opens up discussions about what is considered masculine in society, while highlighting how extreme masculinity and homophobia often go hand in hand.
The intense clip then goes on to explain the differences in societal perceptions of how men and women behave, including gestures, the type of music both listen to, the color of their clothing, and even the way that women and men carry their books.
Watch American Male below.
The film is based on the real life experiences of director Michael Rohrbaugh, who told The Huffington Post that he wanted to give viewers a closer look at what it was like to be hiding your sexuality in such a masculine environment among such staunch divisions and pressures of gender roles.
For more information on MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, visit their website.