When I was around 12 my mother and father made me go to Tae Kwon Do to "toughen up". I suppose I may have been a bit of a pansy, but going to martial arts didn't butch me up.
Figuring out the rules of masculinity and trying to live up to them is part of every boy's childhood. Most boys find the "tests" of masculinity scary and hard to pass. And some boys find this process especially painful because they feel they don't have the right skills and interests to be successful at being a boy.
I don't remember gender policing being so terrible, although it helped that I was about two feet taller than all my peers throughout junior high.
But what about you? Do you have any stories (funny or otherwise) about gender disconformity as a kid? Did someone try to make you more femme or butch? Do you think that the little PBS description is too harsh, or not strongly worded enough?