HELP YOUR SONS UNMASK
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Film followed by expert panel Q & A with Jo Langford, M.A., and Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
This moving documentary 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.