If you work with boys or young men or are a parent of a male child, you will not want to miss this! On Monday February 5 at 6:30 PM, Quaker Valley Middle School will be screening an important film aptly named “The Mask You Live In” for the public.
The film follows young men who are facing constant pressure from the media, peers, and even the adults in their lives to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence, all in the name of “being a man”. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance which creates a maze of identity issues for young men. Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and how to combat it. The film ultimately aims to illustrate how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
To learn more, visit the film's website here.