The Mask You Live In
directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2013)
I backed documentary The Mask I Live In years ago, because as a woman who has a father, brothers, and nephews, and who grew up in a patriarchal society and family, I knew it’s important to not only speak up for women, but also for men. There is something deeply wrong in the way boys are brought up to become ‘men’, and because they are on the top of the pyramid, it translates into a world that’s spinning more and more as if it’s about to explode.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom did an amazing job at collecting testimonials, archives and interviews of boys, men, educator, psychologists, scientists etc. sharing their experience and knowledge about the profound contradictions and pressions under which male lives, and their terrible ripple effects.
Of course, this is American based, and I’m under the impression the same symptoms would be much less intense in France (if only because we don’t have access to guns or the culture of frats), but the chore issues are similar for every country: how the way we define “manhood” pushes boys to shut down a full part of who they are and to look down on women.
It is not a depressing documentary (which I think is important to say). If you are a man, or have men in your life, which I believe is the case of roughly 7 billion people, then you should watch it and decide for yourself.
Watch the trailer:
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