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‘The Mask You Live In’ Offers Broader Definition Of Masculinity

Feb. 3, 2016 – Collin College’s Dignity Initiative will present “The Mask You Live In,” a documentary that asks what it really means to be a man, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the college’s Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center and Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center. The presentations are free and open to the public.

“The three most destructive words that every man receives when he is a boy is when he is told to ‘Be a man,’” says Joe Ehrmann, former NFL defensive lineman and one of several prominent speakers and researchers interviewed for the documentary.

Boys are repeatedly told while growing up not to show emotion, to be tough and to dominate others as a show of masculinity. Some sociologists believe issues like poor testing, higher suicide and homicide rates and substance abuse can be tied to traditional hyper-masculine ideals of what it means to “be a man.” The film offers a broader view of masculinity and provides ways to change a long-entrenched pattern of violence.

The Spring Creek Living Legends Conference Center is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center is located at 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco.

The Dignity Initiative is a Collin College-based organization which works to raise awareness and inspire action on issues of violence against and oppression of women. The film is the second event in The Dignity Initiative’s spring campaign focused on men’s roles in curbing violence. Other events planned for the spring include another film presentation and a performance arts piece.

Learn more about the Dignity Initiative and its fall campaign at .

Collin College serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,200 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.