Jennifer Siebel Newsom made a name for herself with the mind-blowing 2011 documentary MissRepresentation (which highlighted the mainstream media’s under-representations of powerful women), and now she and the team behind The Representation Project are back with a new gender-focused doc: The Mask You Live In. The film explores the ways in which society’s construction of masculinity is damaging to young men, and asks the question, “As a society, how are we failing our boys?” While taking into consideration social constructs like race and class, a number of perspectives analyze the mask that boys are expected to wear everyday in order to illustrate their manliness. It looks like a serious must-see:
And if you haven't seen MissRepresentation, please proceed directly to your TV and watch it. I had my first viewing--on a first date, I might add--in a popcorn-filled room shared by mostly young women. I remember bursting with an energy that I’m certain I shared with every other person there. Afterward, I rushed to my social media outlets to shout at everyone to find a way to see this inspiring piece. I never saw that date again, but I watched this film over and over again. So check out this new release!