Screening of the film The Mask You Live In
Yesterday evening GenderHopes organized the viewing of the film The Mask You Live In by Jennifer Siebel Newsom founder of The Representation Project, kindly hosted by Stars’N’Bars at their Star Deck in the port of Monaco. There was a great turnout showing the increased interest in the subject of gender equality.
GenderHopes is a Monaco-based non-profit organisation founded in 2012, by Monaco resident Danish-born Vibeke Brask Thomsen. It aims to combat gender-based violence and discrimination by raising awareness, informing policy-makers and the general public and by highlighting negative stereotypes that promote gender-based violence and discrimination. One of their objectives is to raise awareness about gender-based discrimination and violence. In this case they collaborate with The Representation Project to further advance their work.
The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfil their potential.
A message of hope and a call for action
The Mask you Live In is a documentary about the culture of noxious masculinity in the media. It is true that the film deals with America’s boys crisis, but it can be easily correlated to young people everywhere. It recounts the plight of boys and young men as they wrestle to remain that they are inside while confronting America’s inaccurate definition of what is considered to be a man. Feeling coerced by the media, their friends and even the grownups in their lives, the children and young men in the documentary confront messages coaxing them to disengage from their true feelings and emotions, denigrating true friendships, loosing objectivity and demeaning the other sex. In the end they are being pushed to fixing problems through violence, forming a cruel vicious circle from which it is difficult to escape.
These gender stereotypes coupled with race, class, and different situations, create a complex network of identity issues boys and young men must negotiate to become “real” men. Specialists in diverse fields also enlist, offering firsthand evidence of the “boy crisis” and the ways to fight it. GenderHopes invites you to learn more about diversity and how men can make a difference in achieving gender equality with Lean in Together.
The core message of this film is that young and adolescents boys are also the victims of gender stereotypes, which often encourages them to be strong, violent and to adhere to a narrow definition of masculinity.
Key facts to take away (in the USA)
- Compared to girls, boys are more likely to flunk or drop out of school.
- Compared to girls, boys are two times more likely to be in special education.
- Compared to girls, boys are four times more likely to be expelled.
- Everyday, three or more boys in the USA commit suicide.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for boys.
- 93% of boys are exposed to Internet porn.
- 21% of young men use pornography every day.
- It is estimated that 1 in 5 women on US college campuses has been sexually assaulted during her time there.
The Mask You Live In, is a message of hope that encourages men, boys, adolescents, fathers and partners to also take a stance to promote gender equality for the benefit of all. We all have the responsibility and the power to bring up boys in a healthy way, so they can become the caring men of tomorrow.
“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” Gloria Steinem
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