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6 Life Lessons From Teaching My Son to Shave

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Most of my father-son memories are documented in some way using the camera from my iPhone. It takes pretty good shots, and I'll admit it, I have a bit of a social media addiction. This moment was different, though.

Black People, White People, and Racism With a Smile

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

"Kevin, if a White person says you cute, then you know it must be true. They don't just be saying that to anyone."

The Betrayal of Manhood

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

"Boy, it's time for you to die!" proclaims an indigenous chief flanked by tribal elders dressed in their ritualistic garb, about to address an America...

What Is Manhood Without A Father?

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.09.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

One rainy day when I was eight years old, my mother told me to put on my clothes; we were going around the corner to the drugstore to call my father. My heart pumped with excitement--in sharp contrast with my mother's somber and resolute demeanor.

The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood (Excerpt #1)

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

Fists pounded my face from every angle. I am so stupid for coming out into this hallway, I thought. I should've known they'd be out here waiting for me. I wanted to scream, but I resolved to take the beating as punishment for my life.

How Much of a Man Are You? '80s Hair Metal Explains It All

Laura Lifshitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Comedy
Laura Lifshitz

These days men can't just be stone-crushing, elephant-lifting, six-pack having babe magnets. Now you have to have an amazing job, 401K, be a great father, and manscape. It's not easy anymore. The days of good looks and pure muscle strength are over, boys.

Men's Group: Finding My Manhood in a World of Skinny Jeans, Hipster Beards and David Beckham

Shaun Zaken | Posted 06.24.2015 | Comedy
Shaun Zaken

It's dark. Very dark. And I'm in the woods, surrounded by strange men with flashlights on their heads. I'm cold. Hungry. And really scared. A guy with neck tattoos is squinting at me. Please, God, don't let me piss him off.

On Men, Maleness, and Masculinity

Cynthia Kane | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Cynthia Kane

Every year, I'm stymied by finding an appropriate Father's Day card. The majority of the cards refer to barbecues, beer, golfing, fishing, sleeping, having the answers, giving advice, or passing gas. How did these things become the image of fathers?

How to Tell if You're Dating a Real Man

Ravishly | Posted 06.10.2015 | Comedy

How the hell are we supposed to know a real man when we think we've found one if there's not even close to a consensus on what one is!? Fortunately for you, I've taken the effort to compile a definitive guide on the matter.

Coming Out: I Am a Man

Barrett Pall | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Throughout this process I've left Barrett the boy and have become Barrett the man. A man who released the shame he felt for wanting to love another man. A man who addressed issues that were holding him back. A man who has started to live authentically. A real man.

#LikeAMan... What Does That Mean?

CT Working Moms | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
CT Working Moms

My favorite part is a little over a minute in, when the boy in the yellow shirt realizes that his interpretation of #LikeAGirl insulted girls, including possibly, his own sister. I love this ad so very much. However, as a boy mom, I just have to say... what about the boys?

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

'We Have Whiskers, They Have Whiskers:' A Man's Best Friend Is His Cat

Peter Mandel | Posted 12.27.2014 | Good News
Peter Mandel

I am feeling embarrassed even as I write this, but, well, we have whiskers, they have whiskers. It is time for the cold war between men and cats to end.

A Message To Our Boys About How (Not) To Become Men

Kelly M. Flanagan | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Kelly M. Flanagan

Next week, this playground I'm writing from will be teeming with messages. Those messages aren't up to us. But when our boys return, we can make sure our homes are teeming with messages, too.

What Is a Man?

Jack Anderson | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Anderson

Perhaps my friend, with her pat answer, stumbled upon a naked truth about men today -- that maybe we really don't have a clear definition of who we are, as men, and perhaps even worse, we can't even define it for ourselves.

The Day I Saved My Father's Life

Evan F. Moore | Posted 08.12.2014 | Good News
Evan F. Moore

Other than learning the basics, which included how to shave, tie a tie, how to ride a bike and how to properly throw a punch, I learned what it means to be accountable.

Soul Murder

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We've barely begun to acknowledge, let alone heal, the profound brokenness of human culture. We're still lost in the Age of Exploration.

How Summer Action Movies Made Me a Better Dad

Terry Crews | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Terry Crews

"It's OK. You can tell me. There's nothing wrong with being scared. Even Daddy gets scared sometimes. Are you scared?"

How I Forgave My Father -- and Why Everyone Should

Terry Crews | Posted 08.06.2014 | Black Voices
Terry Crews

As much as I had longed for an apology from my father for all of those years, I had never really thought it was possible. But by finding my own compassion for him, I had broken down everything that needed to be broken within him.

Michael Sam Represents a Welcomed Evolution in America's Notion of Masculinity

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.26.2014 | Sports
H. A. Goodman

In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America's Handbook of Woodcraft, Scouting, and Life-Craft explained the true nature of a young man by claiming, "The boy fr...

Why Men Aren't Meant To Have Reliable Erections Until The Day They Die

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.19.2014 | Fifty
Mark Matousek

The night when impotence first crossed my mind announced my fall from grace as a man. I was 14 years old, a blissful stranger to the histrionics of the male erection. My own was something I took for granted.

Ms. in One Hand, Playboy in the Other: Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Season 50 Years After the Sexual Revolution

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

As a child, I was raised by one parent who was a charter subscriber to Ms. magazine and spent weekends in the bachelor pad of another who collected (also from its first issue) Playboy. Perhaps it is no wonder then that today I am a professor of gender and sexuality studies,

Weakness Isn't an Option

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

It seems that oftentimes, when we speak about notions of manhood, we view the topic with a limited scope. We talk about the "man box," with references...

9 Facts That Prove Traditional Definitions Of Gender Roles Are Bullsh*t

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women

Remember the good old days when men wore high heels?

Ukraine and the OK Corral

John Graham | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
John Graham

The current crisis over Ukraine spotlights larger and hugely important questions: What are America's interests in an interconnected, post Cold-War world? What and how should we protect and promote them, especially with our rivals?