By Kate Killpack
“Act like a man!” “Don’t be a sissy!” “Grow some balls!” “Man up!” Millions of boys hear these commands every single day. These common phrases says a lot about how we, as a society, train men to view themselves and interact with others. In her newest film, The Mask You Live In, Jennifer Siebel Newsom (the maker of the film Miss Representation) confronts the narrow definition of masculinity within our culture and illustrates how our society can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
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. Additionally, the film features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media who weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.
Join the Advocacy Committee of the Junior League of Seattle for a special screening of this important film:
“Man Up” for The Mask You Live In: For this special Film Screen & Chat, we are encouraging each member to “man up,” by inviting a man in your life to join us for a screening of The Mask You Live In. Stay after and begin the conversation.
Tuesday, May 12th, 6-9pm
SIFF Cinema Uptown Theatre 511
Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
We hope you can join this important conversation, which will also include the opportunity to connect with community partners who are addressing these important issues. If you are a nonprofit organization working with young boys in the community, contact Grace Schouten (firstname.lastname@example.org) for ticket availability.
This event is open to all Junior League members and we encourage you to bring a guest. Members will receive a training credit. Reserve your spot now on the JLS website. See you then!