Masculinity Box – The Smell of Burning Ants

The Smell of Burning Ants :: Jay Rosenblatt Films

The Smell of Burning Ants is a haunting documentary on the pains of growing up male. It explores the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. The film provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can deprive boys of wholeness.

Through formative events of a boy’s life, we come to understand the ways in which men can become emotionally disconnected and alienated from their feminine side. The common dismissal that “boys will be boys” evolves into the chilling realization that boys frequently become angry, destructive and emotionally disabled men. The Smell of Burning Ants illustrates how boys are socialized by fear, power and shame.


I think the film is interesting and very suited for teaching purposes. The full film is available at

In the next TED video Tony Porter gives a brief introduction to what it means how we define masculinity and the consequences for men and women.

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