Option 1: Students watch the film "Tough Guise" (about media images of masculinity). Students then break into groups and compile of list of the most and least persuasive arguments made in the film and their reasons for these choices.
Craig, S., 1997 Men, Masculinity and the Media. California: Sage Publications, Inc.
Before he died in 1947, Marston explained Wonder Woman’s value to Superman publisher . Gaines. “Look, if you had a female superhero, her powers could all be about love and truth and beauty, and you could also sell your comic books better to girls,” he said. “And that would be really important and great because she could show girls that they could do anything.”
Ancient literature dates back to about 3000 BC, with explicit expectations for men in the form of laws and implied masculine ideals in myths of gods and heroes. In the Hebrew Bible of 1000 BC, King David of Israel told his son, "I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;"  after David's death. Throughout history, men have met exacting cultural standards. Kate Cooper wrote about ancient concepts of femininity, "Wherever a woman is mentioned a man's character is being judged – and along with it what he stands for."  According to the Code of Hammurabi (about 1750 BC):