Deconstruct toxic masculinity

Netflix premiered at the end of December Alpha Malesa new Serie by Laura and Alberto Caballero, where the fiction follows the footsteps of four middle-aged friends, while recounting their difficulty in accepting this “new age of masculinity” and placing the debate on feminism, the end of patriarchy and toxic masculinity at the center.

“We must not face feminism as a sensitive issue or approach it with fear,” says Laura Caballero in a interview in which he explains that the idea of ​​this series arises from what is happening in society. “It’s on the street, in the media, in people’s debates.”

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“The feminist movement has taken a lot of strength in recent years, the #MeToo It was a very clear starting point, and the demands for equity and the end of patriarchy have now acquired a power that has made us wonder what is happening with them, what is happening with the average type, how is it reformulated and adapted”, adds Alberto Caballero, who says that “characters out of place always generate comedy“.

Despite dealing with a delicate subject, Alberto Caballero points out that his intention was from the beginning not to fall into indoctrination. “One of the great things that the most rancid sector of the patriarchy clings to is the issue of being heavy, of terminology. We wanted to avoid that so that they did not have that excuse to disconnect from the Serie, do not fall into that issue of saying what is right and what is wrong. Here we do not judge, we are observers of something that is happening in society, “she details.

Laura and Alberto Caballero are also behind The one that is comingwhich has received occasional criticism for the homophobic or macho attitudes of his characters.

“Many people have not understood any of our chapters or series, in the sense that it is a parody or a farce. That suddenly there is a character so extreme does not mean that we defend that or want to make it a hero. He is a loser, he is an idiot and precisely because he thinks like that, his life is going badly. If someone really thinks that you are apologizing for something, it is his problem, “underlines the screenwriter.

a choral cast

Fernando Gil, María Hervás, Raúl Tejón, Kira Miró, Gorka Otxoa, Paula Gallego and Fele Martínez make up the extensive cast from the series.

“Spectators are going to find four friends in their 40s who are programmed by the old patrons of the patriarchy and who meet this social and generational change What is the empowered woman and feminism. They begin to see how their ways of relating to the environment are no longer valid, everything they do will be called into question. We are going to see his pathos and also his vulnerability,” says Gil.

As Hervás points out, the criticism of Alpha Males It’s not just against the male characters.

“Apart from the toxic masculinitiesit also speaks of types of femininities that are somewhat installed”, he reveals. “Feminism, the need for new masculinities, the deconstruction of patriarchy and the destruction of strict gender roles are also there, but at no time as something instructive”, he points out the actress.

A novelty regarding productions of the Caballero brothers is the format, since the chapters of Alpha Males they last about 30 minutes.

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“It’s a hilarious comedy, it works very well. It’s fresh and has a great rhythm,” says Otxoa. “It’s a little gem, nowadays there aren’t many human, modern, current, half-hour comedies,” he adds.

In addition to those mentioned, they complete the cast Raquel Guerrero, Virginia Rodríguez, Isabel Serrano, Jazmín Abuín, Cayetana Cabezas and Silvia Marty.

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Deconstruct toxic masculinity