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The Mask You Live In

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This film is FREE for anyone 18 years or younger!

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.

View trailer:

Documentary followed by guest speakers and audience discussion.

Guest speakers:

Dr. Alex Rowell, a psychology resident at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Dr. Rowell has a wide range of clinical/therapy experiences that include three different inpatient/outpatient hospitals, a non-profit organization, and four different college-counseling centers. His research and clinical interests include men and masculinity, gender awareness and education, mood disorders, self-compassion, mindfulness, burnout, psychodynamic treatment, and paternal mental health. He has been fortunate enough to present on the local, state, and national level on peripartum mental health and men’s mental health; recently he helped co-write and publish the first quantitative scale examining fatherhood involvement with infants. He was awarded by Division 51 of the American Psychological Association the Loren Frankel Student Research Award for his dissertation on Men, Masculinity, and Mental Health.

Xóchitl Mota-Back, visiting assistant Professor at Willamette University’s Sociology Department

Ms. Mota-Back she teaches courses on gender, masculinity, sexuality, and science studies. Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, sex education, and youth rights. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and received a softball scholarship from Lehigh University where she earned a B.A. and M.A. in sociology, and will complete a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Arizona this summer.


May 16
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Grand Theater
191 High Street NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States