The Boy Game – Bullies, Victims and Bystanders
by Boysen Hodgson
Deirdre Fishel, the producer / director for “The Boy Game” contacted me through the MKP Facebook page about this project. It’s a powerful and interactive look at the complexity of bullying, from multiple perspectives. From the project web site:
The culture of toughness promoted in the media, by many coaches and even by some parents, equates masculinity with being silent and tough. Any other emotions are seen as “feminine” or “gay” and leave kids open to ridicule, even assault. Not only do LGBTQ kids suffer under this system, but all kids do. The fact of the matter is no one can fit into this box, because being silent and tough just isn’t human.
Boys desperately need a way to talk about the painful gender straitjacketing to which they are subjected, in order to develop the resilience needed to stand up, be themselves and redefine masculinity in terms of emotional, tolerant strength.
The 16-minute video portion of this project has been accepted for distribution with New Day Films and will begin a massive national launch in August.
This is work that the men of the ManKind Project can understand and support. We hold the line on helping grown men become role models that will help the next generation of boys break free of the narrow and limiting masculine stereotypes. We are the men to shepherd this new macho into the mainstream culture.
Take a look at the project, and pitch in if you can.
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