The Mask You Live In - Film Screening and Mask Making Event

By Center for Violence Prevention and Education, Center for Women and Gender Equity

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 7pm to 9pm

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This event includes a screening of the documentary The Mask You Live In and gives students the opportunity to decorate white face masks with different things they think are part of their “mask” of masculinity, or their “mask” that they wear in society. White masks, fabric markers, and light refreshments will be provided.

Film Synopsis: The Mask You Live In (dir. Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 2015) is a documentary that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

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