THE MASK YOU LIVE IN 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.
Watch The Mask You Live In on Kanopy before the discussion, then join us via Zoom to talk about it! Be sure to register online in order to get the Zoom link. We will send you the link on the day of the film discussion. Check your spam filter if it does not appear in your inbox. If you do not receive the email or have difficulty joining Zoom, please contact the hosting librarian.
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