The three most destructive words that we say to young boys…. “Be a man.”
The new documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom of “Miss Representation”, is entitled “The Mask You Live In.” It examines how societal standards for boys and men being create emotionally detachment, among other “manly” characteristics. This has effected an entire generation of young men.
Seibel Newson states,
“Our society’s failure to recognize and care for the social and emotional well-being of our boys contributes to a nation of young men who navigate adversity and conflict with an incomplete emotional skill set. Whether boys and later men have chosen to resist or conform to this masculine norm, there is loneliness, anxiety, and pain.”