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Topic 1 Being a man. Whatever the h*** that means

So, first of all…  let’s think about what “being a man” is!

You’ve seen, in the 1st module a lot about gender roles, stereotypes, identity, diversity…In fact, in the  1st unit you were asked to draw to figures (man and woman) and fill them in with as many stereotypes you could think of (and then save them in your portfolio).Now, if you can recover that drawing, we ask you to keep filling it in the next Activity.

Activity 3: The Gender List

Watch the following videos and:

a)Make a “gender list” : Draw two columns (one for “men” another one for “women”) and write down in them things (adjectives, nouns, expressions…) that the videos make you think of.

b)Then answer the following questions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4sIMP57Atc (Invictus)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOH9lz3fPks (Nina Ricci)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg_dVE3MuOM (Nivea Men)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FzNl1V8DXs (Nivea Lotion)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIjZImAyoKs (Ariel)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ZZreXEqSY (Heineken)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE (Old Spice)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsFCTksdXok (Baby Born)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyMXRmOZL2k (Hot Weels)


Question 1.  Type: free text

What products are associated with the femenine gender?

Question 2.  Type: free text

What products are associated with the  masculine gender?

Question 3.  Type: free text 

How these adds describe men?

Question 4. Type: free text  

How these adds describe women?

Question 5. Type: free text

What do they use to get the attention of men?

Question 6. Type: free text

What do they use to get the attention of women?

What you have been filling this drawings with are STEREOTYPES,. As you saw in the 1st module, they are “standard ideas about how men or women look like, or should look like”.

We can also say that they are preconceived ideas, prejudices, that have been building and transmitting  in society through time. They are, therefore, cultural and social constructions that classify people’s physical and psychical attributes, dividing them in men or women, and limiting  that way, even their possibilities of developing certain capacities.

Once we have divided people in men and women, according to the stereotypes, then we assume which behaviours this different people have.

This are the GENDER ROLES, they express the behaviour that, in a specific society, people expects from a person based on whether someone is a man or a woman.

For the people who live in that specific society this expectations (again, based on stereotypes) affect the way we act.

Activity 4: What do a boy/teenager/man do…?

In the next activity we also ask you to fill the box with as many examples you can think of about what we ask.

Question 1.

What does a little boy do to prove his “Manhood”, to show the Others that he is a boy (in opposition of being a girl)?

Write as many examples you can think of, and remember: we don’t ask only about thing you did as a little boy, but things in general little boys do (at school, at home, with their friends or with their family…) to show that.

Question 2.

What does a young boy do to prove his “Manhood”, to show the Others that he is a young boy, a teenage boy (in opposition of being a young/teenage girl)?

Now, this question could be more related to your own age, right? Came on, don’t be shy and write as many examples you can think of, and again remember: we don’t ask only about thing you did or do as a young boy, but things in general young/teenage boys do to show that.

Question 3.

What does an adult man do to prove his “Manhood”, to show the Others that he is man (in opposition of being a woman)?

Do you see the connections between the things you wrote little boys/teenage boys/adult men do and the stereotypes we have been talking about?

By the way… did you see any connections between the little boys/teenage boys/adult men behaviors and violence? Hmmm, we’ll talk about it later…

We could also do the exercise thinking on what little girls/teenage girls/adult women do to prove and show the others their “womanhood”… and, do you think We would find connections between that and the stereotypes inside girl drawing?

Have you recognize yourself while thinking on some of those behaviors? (specially on the little boy and teenage boy ones).

(And if you did) Did you realize, while acting like that, that you were doing it to prove your “manhood”? Or that was an unconscious acting…

So, basically, We just learn to act like that, according to what we’ve been told a man or a woman behave. And we don’t even pay attention to that.

But if you take a look and rethink about all the expectations that has being a man or a woman,  and having to behave like that…

Do you think that living under the influence of this expectations has any effect on us?




Do you think that it may also involve some kind of limitations?

The next activity is called

The Manbox  & The Womanbox

And we just want you to reflect on a few questions.

Activity 5 The Manbox & The Womanbox

Question 1.

 What do you think this “boxes” do to us? In which ways can affect us to live inside them?

Question 2.

Do you think it can have an impact on our dreams, on our plans for the future, on our decisions about the our choices?

Question 3.

Do you think it’s easy to go out of the box? If you have feelings that “belong” to the “other box” or act in a way too much like the “other box” people act, how hard do you think it is to say something, to do something… or even to realize?

What reactions can someone that goes out of the box get from the Others (friends, family, society…)

Question 4.

Do you know someone that have been through the path of having to face that contradiction and wanting to go out if their box in any aspect? (if you don’t know anyone in person you can name someone from the movies, literature…)

Question 5.

Which consequences did this person have to face, by doing that step?

Question 6.

Now it is time to go back to your Personal Heroes

How much your Personal Heroes fit in this boxes?


If you think that maybe there is something wrong with this whole idea of being a real man or a real woman,

If you think all that can create unfair situations ,

If you think we are supposed to have more freedom of expression, of acting, of feeling…

Then, We invite you to think out of the box!

Take a look at these videos: