Join The Representation Project’s Beth Miller and Natalie Marques along with members of the Legacy Youth Project as you deep dive into the lives of boys and young men as they 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.
Attendees will screen The Mask You Live In, a documentary following young men and boys as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Featured in the film, Legacy Youth Project will provide a panel presentation to share how schools can empower youth through “heartwork”, social justice and community leadership.