The Mask You Live In

November 05, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2016
4:30 pm
SFU Burnaby, AQ 3003

The Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Student Union is hosting a FREE film screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary 'The Mask You Live In'. Following the screening we will facilitate a respectful discussion around masculinity, in which people can share their thoughts on the film, how they experience/perceive masculinity in their own lives, how to address masculinity from a feminist perspective, etc.

"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."

You can watch a trailer here: