The Mask You Live In

PRESENTED BY: Wedgwood Meaningful Movies
7:00 PM, Friday, October 14, 2016 PST
Location: Wedgwood, Seattle, WA (click for map)


Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle
(enter on the south/ 80th St side of building)

This film explores what director Jennifer Siebel Newsom perceives to be harmful notions about masculinity in American culture, following 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, they 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 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.

Please join us for the film’s screening. It’s FREE and open to the public! Donations to defray cost of screening rights gladly accepted. Doors open at 6:30 P.M. The film begins at 7pm followed by a facilitated community discussion.

Sponsors: Meaningful Movies Project Wedgwood Justice and Peace Coalition

Release Year: 2016

Running Time: 97 min

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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    #1 The Mask You Live In 31 December, 2016, 13:29

    The film spent a long time dissecting the way that society sticks young men into boxes. And it did a wonderful job of showing that not all men want to act like ‘men’. The issue was that it spends so much time holding compartmentalization as a central premise only to shift and offer up what means to be a real man. One that cries, one that isn’t afraid of his emotions.

    if society defining what it means to be a man is wrong, surely sociologists defining what it means to be a man is just as problematic.

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