FFR 91: The Art of Self Defense

This week, we’re going toe-to-toe with writer-director Riley Stearns’ new dark comedy The Art of Self Defense, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola. We talk about how the film brings a critical lens to the socially constructed “rules” of manhood, and to the ways in which men are pressured to perform masculinity among other men in the establishment of a kind of hierarchy. We also discuss how the film works as a kind of response to Fight Club.

SEGMENT TIMESTAMPS

2:10 The Art of Self Defense

33:45 What’s Your FREQ-Out?
Ebony on holding it together in these trying times, Carolyn on spending time in the sun, Anita on The Boys

RELEVANT LINKS

Questions to ask yourself when you’re outraged about injustice (via @prisonculture): https://twitter.com/prisonculture/status/1000413472356696065?s=19

Masculinities by R.W. Connell: https://www.amazon.com/Masculinities-R-W-Connell/dp/0520246985
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