Film Screening and Interactive Discussion: “The Mask You Live In”

Posted on 10/30/2015 7:26:20 AM

There will be a film screening  and interactive discussion of The Mask You Live In with Aaminah Norris, director of Education and Research for the Representation Project, on November 5, 2015, in Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall, from 5:00–7:00 p.m.

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.

This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research, the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center, and the Office of Social Equity

Department of English