The Reconstruction of Being a Man. ~ Anthony Ware {Video}

Via Anthony Ware
on Jan 7, 2014
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The Mask You Live In (screenshot)

This documentary, The Mask You Live In, is taking on a critical issue that must be addressed—help boys and young men reconstruct the definition of being a man.

Most nights as a kid, I gave my dad a hug and he told me he loved me. I think I was fortunate because my dad, a single parent, had to be Mr. Mom. He knew how to share his emotions, be strong and help us define how to be a man. I got sidetracked from his teachings in junior high and high school when I started falling for the social pressures.

Today, we live in a society that still embraces a hyper-masculine culture. It took me until my late 30s to have the confidence to speak my mind against the antiquated “Man up,” “Be a man,” “Don’t let nobody disrespect you,” mentalities.

We are made of masculine and feminine energies. To deny either one is to deny ourselves. It will take movies like this one to raise awareness for a shift to occur. The more challenging step is walking the talk. I, along with my fellow new-age men, need to speak up and call out our fellow brothers when they are resorting the old-school routines that got us to where we are today.

From the same group that created Miss Representation, this trailer and soon to be released documentary, The Mask You Live In, is a call to arms.

Only this time the arms are used for hugs and to create space for being vulnerable and strong.


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Assistant Editor: Holly Horne/Editor: Bryonie Wise

Photo: The Mask You Live In trailer


About Anthony Ware

Anthony Ware is a yogi, teacher, writer, cultural architect, listener and founder of Access+Optimism. His life is a spicy gumbo of experiences including yoga and mindfulness teacher for adults & kids, advocate for conscious consumerism and time spent working for Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his degree in biochemistry, he has completed trainings for Tribal Leadership, Cultural Architecture, yoga teacher (200-Hour and mini yogis yoga for kids) and facilitated Mindful Practices workshops for youth-serving professionals. Anthony is a Zen Doughboy™. He digs a good green smoothie, conversations that give you pause and laughing until his cheeks hurt. He’s currently teaching Conscious Awareness with A. Ware™, working on his memoir and planning an around-the-world trip in July 2014.  He has contributed articles to elephant journal and MindBodyGreen. Anthony is also a SoloPreneur with Solo Noir™, part of the movement to use all-natural and organic grooming products to empower men and youth to invest in themselves in education, lifestyle, health and skincare. Catch up with him on FacebookTwitterInstagram or Email.


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