The tough cowboy, the cruel mob boss. Sure, such stereotypes exist in films. Astonishingly often, however, Maaike Meijer discovered the opposite: outspoken anti-heroes who do not fit the prevailing social image of masculinity. The Dude in The Big Lebowsky, the main characters in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Casablanca and in TV series like The Bridge and Borgen. She analyses film clips about the 'suffering' man. Dr Maaike Meijer is emeritus professor of Gender Studies, biographer and publicist. Among other works, she wrote the book Radeloze helden. De verbeelding van mannelijkheid in literatuur en film. In the run-up to Women's Day 2024 and in collaboration with amongst others EQUITY (PNUT), DE&I, FFNT, OBP-VN and Ambitious Women UT.