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The strength here is the breadth of likable men interviewed and the moments when old but persisting stereotypes are confronted. EDGE San Francisco
Definitely a must-see...blows the lid off some strongly entrenched stereotypes in the gay community!
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A comprehensive look at an important subject...exhaustively researched...Hines is a pro. Globality.org
Clever and fast-paced! Frameline. SF Film Festival --Wolfe
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The Butch Factor delves into this ongoing struggle to identify what makes one more or less of "a man." Filmmaker Christopher Hines scoured the United States for examples of men who represent the masculine end of the gay spectrum. He found police officers, rodeo cowboys, actors and athletes who define themselves as more straight-acting and less effeminate than other gay men. They aren't all anti-femme, and their masculinity seems natural rather than an act.
Hines also interviewed a handful of less-masculine gay men for perspective and balance. For them, their effeminate characteristics are innate and not something they consciously adopted. They are some of the strongest characters in the film because they overcame the abuse they suffered as children for being gay while their more straight-acting counterparts could hide it. The Butch Factor ultimately reveals that long-standing social mores and gender stereotypes are more to blame for the prevailing desire for more masculine traits in a partner, even among gay men. While the movie doesn't settle many arguments, it is an interesting exploration of this enduring debate.
'The Butch Factor' attempts to explore these questions through interviews of gay men of various persuasions including athletes, drag queens, bears, and others as well as well as psychologists, historians, and authors. They share with us their struggles and insights into the what it masculinity means as a gay man. Some may say these are mere surveys of gay male stereotypes, but truly, it allows for a wide spectrum of identity. All are welcomed into the table of exploration.
Films like this are important because the chronicles the changing images of gender. Our culture's concepts of masculinity are in constant flux, and this is especially important to note within the queer community where, despite being outside of cultural norms, can settle into an unhealthy complacency in regards to acceptable forms of masculinity. Furthermore, it is an important reminder that there are myriad ways to hold the identities of queer and man simultaneously.
'The Butch Factor' is a beautiful film and highly relevant in this time of deep change. The minor flaw this film has is fails to show any sort of community for effeminate gay men while showing bear and gay athlete communities. Still, the film is important as it puts to rest many of the assumptions society has about the gay male identity and illuminates both their hardships and their triumphs in their struggle for identity and acceptance. Highly recommended.
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Contrivance at its best...should have been called "The Flock Factor" with the exception of the two more at-easy with themselves guys. Read morePublished 15 months ago by F. Brinkhaus
Meh, I'm not upset that I rented this, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
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This was extremely moving and relevant. Beautifully edited and thoughtful. Would highly recommend for use at schools and diversity training seminars.Published on March 14, 2013 by Wilfredo Fernandez
there was very little to this doc. that i did not already know, but it was done in an interesting way and the scenery was nice and i am not sorry i bought it.Published on January 18, 2012 by xmasrock
I watched this film with real pleasure. The gay life styles, presented here, vary and are perfect proof that being gay is not all about shops, discos, easy sex etc. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Pitbulltje