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Be A Man – Joe Ehrmann TED Talk

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Former NFL defensive lineman turned motivational speaker and life-skills coach, Joe Ehrmann, provides a succinct, powerful, and informative presentation on hegemonic (or toxic) masculinity. Ehrmann explains that the phrase “be a man” makes up the three most harmful words every man/boy hears throughout their lifetime. He outlines the traditional view of masculinity as harmful, by requiring the fulfillment of three ideals: success in business or the workplace; [heterosexual] conquest in the bedroom; and strength and domination in sports. The video provides an accessible 101-style introduction to the concepts of toxic masculinity, with a focus on alternate ideals that are less destructive, allowing men and boys to be healthy, happy, and well-rounded emotional beings.

– Brett Goldberg

Watch the video via YouTube.

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