Dustin Hoffman's Epiphany


Dustin Hoffman, actor in Tootsie, discusses how one would be treated differently if they were the opposite gender.


  • What is the difference between the statements “How would you feel if you were the opposite sex” and “How would you be different as the opposite sex”?
  • What caused his epiphany?
  • To what extent does our society perpetuate the idea that in order to be interesting or appealing, a women must be beautiful?
  • In your own words, summarize his realization.  Can you identify any instances in your life that you have also looked others by because they didn’t meet your ideals of “beauty”?