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"[Westworld]’s use of extreme, vivid violence contributes to the dehumanization of people of color and this narrative isn’t fiction – it’s killing real people in our world today." - Cristina Escobar

Westworld fancies itself as progressive. But last night’s episode reinforced dominant power structures more than it undermined them.
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"Even tonight sitting among you, there are those that need to be held accountable for their conduct against women. You know who you are. But most importantly we know who you are, and we will not allow you to get away with it any longer." - Asia Argento, via The Hollywood Reporter

"Even tonight there are those that need to be held responsible for their conduct," she told the assembled crowd. "You know who you are."
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Angie Lewis
· April 14, 2018
As a 45 year old mother of a 14 year old son I can honestly say that The Mask You live in affected me more than anything I have ever seen or read before. I am going to watch it again tomorrow with my son.
Toni Siedel-Dutton
· March 22, 2018
The Mask You Live In is a staple in my Women's Literature class and I find this FB page a place that begins so many important conversations, conversations we must have today.
Aimee Gonzalez
· January 29, 2017
I just watched 'The mask you live in' and I am sitting here, in the middle of the night, by myself, sobbing. I am a proud mom to 5 wonderful boys. I have always strived to not limit them based on what... society decides their gender roles should be. That being said, this film has shown me so many things that I have done throughout raising my children that I didn't realize would affect them as is made so clear now. Little things that I never even thought about. And although my 2 oldest sons are grown now I am still raising a 12 year old and twin 3 year olds. This has completely changed my outlook on how I will continue to parent. This was beyond eye-opening. This is such a wonderful movement and I forsee such amazing results if people are able to let go of those stereotypes we all seem to cling to. I would love to be able to share this with every parent I know that has a son (and even daughters). See More
Josh Sharp
· July 3, 2017
As a boy growing up in the late 80's and early 90's, there was no alternative to explain my own disenfranchisement and lack of trust in the only version of "masculinity" that era had to offer, and bea...t down your throat with an iron fist and no apologies.

I always knew it was wrong, even more now than I did then- and the modern questioning of the subject only serves to reinforce what I've known for decades- that masculinity takes countless forms, it is not an "on" or "off" switch, and if the established system declares any measure of masculinity to be "it-" than it is that much more reason to be suspicious of it, and
dissect it for what it really IS.

This movement I know is at the precipice of emboldening a whole new generation of young men to be confident in their paths of life, no matter how "untraditional" those paths may be- and allow those young men to find and embrace to the fullest extent the fruits of their passions- without the self-doubt and shame that the society of the past would have hanged on their shoulders.

Awareness and recognition of what is wrong with society is crucial to society's change- and I applaud this movement WHOLEHEARTEDLY for confirming what I already knew in my own heart many, many years ago!
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Dylan James Peter Dickie
· April 17, 2018
I was scrolling and my thumb accidentally gave it one star, which isn't really fair. So I came back and changed it to 3.
Lisa Bennett
· June 19, 2016
I think I viewed this film from the standpoint that we need changes for these young people to make them less angry....happier....more productive...and healthier for our society. I did not see it as a... "tree hugger" film trying to make everyone "just get along ". Our society is full of anger which causes violence....just as with everything.... Cause and Effect.... So it is refreshing to finally see an approach of backing up to see the cause and try to change that rather than talk about building more prisons or sending these kids away to places that just perpetuate the cause.
I felt those speaking and sharing were genuine without an agenda other than making things better... No one preached making men into girls.....but helping boys become productive individuals who are in need of ways to be their true selves and not what movies, bullies, or others fearful of manhood think they should be... We ALL need those tools!
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Amanda Jane
· June 15, 2017
I love both "The Mask You Live In" and "Miss Representation" because they show the impacts of toxic masculinity and completely outdated ideas of how men and women "should behave". I was a high school ...teacher for 7 years and I've seen countless young men and women suffer terribly because of these ideas. We owe it to our children and our society as a whole to face up to the toxic effects of patriarchy and heal its damage before it's too late. True equality is the only way forward. Thanks to the Representation Project for helping to make this happen. See More
Tabea Jowanka Campos
· December 9, 2016
I love and on many occasions have shared both of your documentaries. It is my dream that these documentaries become popular and common knowledge so that everyone can be free to be themselves without b...eing shamed for it. I am personally convinced that a lot of the shame and judgment is being perpetuated by religions and big corporate but wherever it comes from, it just needs to stop. I know older generations are not happy with this but it's not their future. See More
John H. Armstrong
· August 6, 2017
The Mask You Live In is must viewing for every male, son and father, I know. I am encouraging friends and family to watch it and use it. I direct a faith-based nonprofit and believe this is a tremendo...us resource for my constituency. Thank you for this movement. See More
Mark D. Faith
· June 11, 2016
The film is probably the most dangerous documentary I’ve ever seen. Full of emotive, quasi-science, written and directed by women about how men/boys should behave? I wonder how women would react if ma...les produced such a film: what is wrong with young females and how they should behave? The premise of the film is all wrong on many fronts. It is not religion that gave us gender role behaviour, but nature through evolution. It has been an advantage to our species advancement that men and women have evolved these gender roles. It is not, as assumed in the film, some modern society conscript!
If anybody is confusing matters, it is modern women and their supposed need to change to more equal roles. Men and women are not the same. It is the social problem of teenage pregnancies, broken families and the fact both parents these days are neglecting their children's development in favour of personal economic advancement that is the root of the problems, not gender stereotypes. This film selected only troubled boys/men, there were no well adjusted males, then manipulated the premise of their problems to suit the authors agenda. While I have no doubt a small percentage of males and females do not adapted to their birth genders, for whatever reason, this is not a reason to crusade that all children should become gender neutral! If more children were raised by both parents, we would have more balance positive influence of both male and female. It is films like this creating confusion. Its not part of the solution, its worsening the problem. Males compete with each other, that's how we developed. If you can;t compete, you will fall behind no matter your gender. To create a gender neutral children by discouraging traditional male behaviour will cause more social problems, not less. I would agree there are positive traits with both and we all get in touch with or female and male sides from time to time, in very particular circumstances, but there is no such thing as neutral as this film advocates. We evolved to the way we are and it is the crackpots that made this film who are confused as to their roles and identity, not society.

The fact is men and women are NOT equal. Women excel in many aspect while men in others. It is the “couple” element that has made us human, not one side or the other, certainly not just female qualities as this film would suggest. At the root of social and psychological problems are real causes, but many are socio-economic, not that a whole generation or two needs therapy! Its time both males and females “grew some balls” and took personal responsibility of their lives and stopped blaming a host of other matters, including their gender and their parents. Life is tough and meant to be that way while there are fewer resources for the numbers of people, but don’t create a generation of wimps and weaklings with feminine quasi-science.
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Dawn Thomas
· July 8, 2016
I'm a 54 year young woman who has seen generation of girls and boys who are supposed to be this and that way and I'm sickened by it. God wants us to be whoever we are ! I've always hated the term "be ...a Man, act like a man"or nice girls don't do that " ect ect ect! Sick and tire of stereotyping , degrading, punishing, persecution of the way we naturally are or are not! Be who you are, what you are called to be. Many men and women have been killed or kill themselves by the way the world is telling us you should be this way or that. Done with it all! Let's break out of the box! Your so beautiful the way you are! Who ever you are!! Just be the best person to the world you can be! Love Dawn See More
Mamie Joan Pyle
· January 8, 2018
I love both the film's and encourage everyone who is a mother or father to watch these film's with their children
Erika Kuri
· June 28, 2016
This is an inspiration not only for new but also for old generations. We have a great problem with gender wars so we need to be honest and accept the bad consequences of them. Violence, insensibility,... agression and no communication between human beings. We have to stop it and people who cares is what the world needs in this moment. Thank you! See More
Pati O'Furniture
· April 9, 2018
Absolutely disgusted by this movement! How is this unifying? You all should be ashamed!
Theodora Eh
· August 12, 2016
Sad but true and hopeful at the same time--kind of. It will take A LOT of work, but the results will be worth it. I loved The Mask as much as I loved Miss Representation, they're the two sides of the ...same coin, no gender has it better than the other. Both documentaries need more exposure. See More
Daniela Goleman
· July 18, 2017
I am really interested in carrying out the same research in Europe to be able to have these very same conversations on this continent. Somehow I feel that here in Europe the excuse may be, oh but that...'s happening in the States not here! And I'm sure research would prove otherwise. Would someone be able to get in touch with me about this please? See More
Tuna Charlie
· October 21, 2017
Gender stereotypes? There are two genders, male & female (& rarely a hermaphrodite). Those that are confused about which they "prefer" are mentally ill - I very much feel for those individuals and the...y need help without doubt.

However, them forcing their dementia on others and attempting to have laws passed to impose their illness on others is highly inappropriate and simply wrong.
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Shere M Coleman
· June 19, 2016
My husband and I just watched The Mask You Live In. I truly feel this is the most powerful, thoughtful, insightful look at where our greatest tragedies begin. The Representation Project could unite us... all in compassionate empathetic unity where together we can shift into our individual and collective humanity. I am humbled by the power of this work and all the people giving themselves to it. See More
Jen Metcalfe
· September 3, 2016
This film should be required viewing for humanity. As the mother of a young girl I am terrified of what I see 'out there' every day: images of impossibly "perfect" models, high school and middle schoo...l children, really, wearing little more than bathing suits and a bad attitude to school, cartoons geared to grade-school girls glamorizing snarky, clique-y, back-stabbing behavior. The list is endless. "MissRepresentation" is an eye-opener, and the numbers that are given about the under-representation of women in politics, media and business in general are nothing short of astounding. Nauseating, actually. If you hope for a better life for your daughter, or yourself, see this movie. It will change the way you look at everything. See More
Erica M. Elizaldi
· October 10, 2016
It was an amazing film! Being a women it helped me understand how important a male figure is on a young mans life and growth. It helped me understand my fathers hurts and his limitations as a father. ...I will continue to encourage my father that he has self worth, love and a generous spirit. I will also continue to be there for my brother and hope he watches this film. #bethechange See More
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