University Relations and Communications


February 24, 2017

 The Mask You Live In ad


Women & Gender Studies Center presents film, discussion at MSUB

“The Mask You Live In,” will be shown at 2:30 p.m., March 1, in the Liberal Arts building room 201. Reception following. Public invited to free event.



Dr. Jennifer Lynn, WGSC, 657-2873

University Relations, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Please join the Women’s and Gender Studies Center for a viewing of “The Mask You Live In”at 2:30 p.m., March 1, in Liberal Arts building room 205.


Refreshments will be provided and a lively conversation will follow the film. The event is free and open to the public.


“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.


For more information, visit the film’s website here.


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