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Healthy Masculinities Workshop, 2 hours
Healthy Masculinities provides a forum for participants to recognize their own perceptions of gender role socialization. This workshop examines the ways mainstream ideas around gender and how they vary depending on ethnicity, culture, class, etc. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how those roles can impact both risk and protective factors for male-identified individuals. This workshop examines the male gender role and its relation to suicide. During this workshop, participants have an opportunity to work together to solve different scenarios and address concerns with male-identified individuals who may be experiencing suicidal ideation. Participants will also be given a list of on and off campus resources for ALL Western Washington University students.
The Gender Box, 1 hour
The Man Box is an interactive program geared towards an understanding of socially constructed gender roles. During the program, we examine ways we have been taught masculinity and the impact those teachings have on us. This presentation helps us examine our own identities to help embrace our true authentic selves.
The Mask You Live In Film Screening and Discussion, 2 hours
Jennifer Siebel Newson’s documentary, The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’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.
After the film, a mental health professional facilitates a discussion around the social construction of masculinity. This discussion also focuses on the media's representation of masculinity in pop culture and the impact socially constructed gender roles has on all of us.