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. (97 min) This screening is in partnership with the UNT Department of Media Arts.
The Doc Spot Film Series is presented by the UNT Media Library. All films screenings are held in the Media Library, Chilton Hall Rm 111C and select events will be accompanied by a guest lecturer. The Doc Spot Film Series begins its ninth season this year. The spring 2015 series includes outstanding documentaries that explore a wide range of current event and social issues.