Film Screening: The Mask You Live In
Wednesday, February 17
Doors open at 6 p.m. | Screening at 6:15 p.m.
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Center for Science and Technology
“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, the film’s 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. (91 minutes)
Light refreshments will be served | Discussion to follow screening
Sponsored by the Violence Prevention and Action Center, Women and Gender Studies, and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.