Ashanti Branch M.Ed.
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Toxic masculinity and their effects
What is Toxic Masculinity and how can we see it
Boys are 30% more likely to drop out of school than girls. Boys are five times more likely to be classified as hyperactive. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
There is a problem with how boys are seeing themselves. With fighting in the school yard and anger issues disrupting their learning, there is also a pain and sadness that cannot been seen under the aggressive shell they have created .
With assistance from Ashanti Branch (The Mask You Live in) a workshop has been created to assist boys with better understanding themselves and to create a safe space to express themselves.
The workshop begins with showing students how the media and popular culture have portrayed boys and men. We study children films, superheroes and popular music with use of interactive games, role plays and discussions
The second half of the workshops is, with this understanding, to create a safe environment for them to begin to open up with questions and follow up discussions, activities and ending with the Mask Project that is seen implemented by Ashanti Branch in the documentary 'The Mask You Live In'
Please contact me or leave me any feedback through the comment section as it would be great to hear the responses from the lessons.