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Whitecourt Seniors Circle

5212 50th Street

Whitecourt, AB T7S 1P6

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THE MASK YOU LIVE IN follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating society'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. We want ALL people in our society to be in healthy, happy and violent-free relationships.

Masculinity itself is not 'bad", but in its relationship to domestic violence, we’re asking a series of crucial questions: where are the places masculinity shows up? Where do we get our notions of masculinity, and which parts do we reject and why? What’s the impact? What’s the cost and who’s impacted? When we do a bit of soul searching, typically women, girls, and men who don’t conform to the hyper masculine forms on the range of masculinities, pay the price because of unhealthy demonstrations of masculinity.

COME, enjoy the show and learn about what you can do to make an IMPACT. How can we support boys in being their whole selves and expand on the notion of what it takes to 'be a man'.

While we encourage educators, parents, coaches, leaders from government, religious, or other community organizations to come, ALL COMMUNITY MEMBERS are welcome to attend - see you there!

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