This is a scene from the 1997 film "In and Out," a gay romantic comedy. It stars Kevin Kline as a high school drama teacher who is forced to question his sexuality after a former student thanks and outs him as gay during the widely televised Academy Awards. In the process of confronting and questioning his own sexual identity, Kline's character purchases and listens to a "self-help" tape on “how to be a man." The tape tests him on (and, by extension, underscores the validity of) every stereotypical masculine behavior. Kline fails every test of "manhood" as prescribed by the tape.
This 2007 comedy starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James is about a faux gay marriage between two men who want the legal benefits of being married. The two leads negotiate maintaining the illusion of being in love with one another while somehow preserving their heterosexuality. The movie was a financial success, grossing 186 million dollars.
This 2002 romantic comedy features a hotel maid who captures the heart of a high profile politician when he mistakes her for a wealthy hotel guest. It is a modern day Cinderella story of two lovers that get caught between the restrictions of a class-based society, while it adds a racialized element to the tale – a white actor (Ralph Fiennes) plays the politician, and the maid (Jennifer Lopez) is Latina.
This mini-documentary uploaded on Youtube features clips from Disney films as well as narration from the author and quotes from scholars. It makes a claim that Disney films help to shape male expectations about the role of women in society, such that women are seen as objects meant to serve men. It also makes an argument about particular images of masculinity – like the strong, chiseled male body that is violent – that are glorified while others are demeaned.