The Mask You Live In
This documentary is revolutionary. Watching it I feel that this film really could change our perspective on how we raise our boys in our society; I sincerely hope that this film gets more widespread. It’s one of those films that really make a person think and can truly change the perspective of people in the world, not just the United States.
This film is about how we are raising our boys to be strong, unemotional and manly; and how that may affect their lives psychologically. The documentary goes over the effects of forcing boys to withhold their feelings and what the consequences of doing that can be. It has amazing interviews with men and boys about their experiences as well as helpful commentaries from psychologists and other experts.
This film may be one of the more interesting films I’ve seen in a long time. Mainly because it isn’t about how masculinity is bad but about how we, as a society, force unreal expectations on our men that affect them in ways that we don’t even realize. Being masculine isn’t bad, but having feelings and expressing those feelings aren’t bad either. In fact, not doing so, from the perspective of psychology is absolutely insane. Forcing boys from the get-go to always live up to certain standards and then shaming them if they don’t do so – it’s insane. Especially if those things are just about how many women you’ve slept with or how many sports you can play or what level you are on the latest Call of Duty. I would really suggest anyone to watch this video. And don’t get alarmed, it’s not about men acting more like women; it’s just about basic healthy brain function and how boys are kind of being denied that human function.