The Mask You Live In

Hope you all are enjoying the vacation and holiday season!

If you get a moment, check out this trailer for the upcoming documentary The Mask You Live In. 

This work is produced by the same team that brought us MissRepresentation. Many of you may recognize this as the required film from the fall or for all juniors and proctors/prefects.

This new documentary seeks to shed light on the ideas of masculinity that our broader community enforces on its young boys and young men. What are the implications of telling a young man to “suck it up” or “grow a pair”? Do we end up encouraging them to hide their emotions behind a mask? Just some food for thought.

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

— an excerpt of “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, an acclaimed Black American poet from the turn of the 20th century.

See you all in January!