Coming of Age in Toxicity

April 26 - April 28

7316 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland


The Concept:


Last year, Bethesda-Chevy Chase students created The wildly popular Museum of Contemporary American Teenagers. This year, Coming of Age in Toxicity will feature  art, exhibits, performances with a twist--- a 3-D board game/ escape room.


The Goal:


To allow visitors an immersive experience; to allow visitors a chance to step into the shoes of teenagers for a day (or two or three) and navigate the many forms of toxicity they grow up with today: from toxic stress, to toxic comparison culture, to toxic masculinity.


The background:

All of the exhibits are based on authentic research by teen about teens. To give you an idea of how authentic, the specialists behind the podcast "Their Own Devices" have interviewed and featured groups on topics ranging from hookup culture to finstas.


The Contemporary American Teenage Cotillion (free)


April 6th  6-8 pm
Lincoln Cottage

Have questions about consent? Want to talk to that special someone on the other side of the political spectrum? Miss Stepps will walk and waltz you through the sometimes mystifying/often magnificent maze of today’s teen culture 


Thanks for making this evening a huge success

The ABC's of Modern Masculinity

Raising boys without lowering expectations

The evening of Wednesday, April 3


6:00 - 7:45 pm at The Avenue DC   (free)

Speaker sessions and performances on:

- “Boys will be Boys” Culture 

- The “Man Box”

- The Notorious B-CC “List”

- A Global Perspective on Toxic Masculinity 

- Restorative Justice

Screening of the film "Roll Red Roll"

8:00 - 9:20 pm at the Avalon Theatre

Screening of the film “Roll Red Roll,” a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

Panel discussion

9:20 - 10:20  pm at the Avalon Theatre


Featuring the following speakers:

- Neil Irvin, Men Can Stop Rape

- Susan Prout, Co-Founder of I Have The Right To 

- Dr. David Reitman, Sub-Specialist on Adolescent Medicine and contributor to “Their Own Devices” Podcast

- Twanna Hines, Founder and CEO of Funky Brown Chick

- Fabiana Diaz, sexual assault survivor turned activist

Moderated by Jenn Abelson, an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and co-author of the memoir, “I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope,” by Chessy Prout.

Thanks for making this evening a huge success

Hear all about it on NPR's All Things Considered