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Real men are stoic, never cry and make hard jokes. In Man Made, Sunny Bergman examines the social ideas about masculinity. What is seen as typically male and in which stereotypes does that express itself? And do men suffer from these ideas? The traditional role patterns have changed. Is the man confused about his role? Discussions are taking place worldwide. By men who want to escape from men’s armor, but also by men who prefer to return to the classic conservative male-female ratio. For example, fans of controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson believe that society is far too much feminized. In the twentieth century, feminists fought freedom for women, and with that her emancipation. Is it time for emancipation of men, for the liberation of men? Bergman: “My personal film essay shows that vulnerable emotions like as fear and sadness are still seen as weak and not masculine. It seems that by suppressing emotions, men cannot actually develop into a fully-fledged person who is empathetic towards others. And before some men get angry: Man Made is an analysis of construct masculinity, not a criticism of the individual man.” Are deep-rooted ideas about men as non-emotional, strong, competitive and sober beings biologically determined? Or do society and education in particular direct our view or behavior? This event will start with a screening of the film Man Made and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Sunny Bergman.

Event details of Screening Man Made + Q&A with filmmaker Sunny Bergman
Date 12 June 2019
Time 19:00 -21:00
WIT Background

Sunny Bergman is a Dutch documentary filmmaker whose work includes Over the Hill (Beperkt houdbaar, 2007), Sunny Side of Sex (tv series, 2011), Slut Phobia (2013) and Our Colonial Hangover (Zwart als roet, 2014).

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor:  Dr. Allard den Dulk, Dr. Erinç Salor & Nohaila Gamah