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I Spent a Week Sharing My Feelings With Everyone. Here’s What Happened.

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What would happen if every time someone asked you, “how are you?” or “how’s it going?” or “how was your weekend?” you actually answered truthfully, and not took it as a mere pleasantry. In this testimonial, author, Evan Porter, challenges himself to this very task. Requiring himself to not only be in touch with what…

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Terry Crews, the Feminist: “Millions Have Died Because of Male Pride”

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Terry Crews doesn’t necessarily look like what we think of when someone says, “feminist.” All the more reason that Crews is an adamant messenger of feminist values, actively working to disempower stereotypes of masculinity. Crews challenges the notion of male pride in an effort to encourage empathy and understanding. By challenging the concept of gender…

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How Prince Led the Way to Our Gender Fluid Present

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Like David Bowie before him, Prince helped liberate masculinity from rigid gender stereotypes and constraints by embodying a fabulous, sexy, and defiantly non-conforming identity. Prince’s identity was maybe perfectly summated in his 1984 song,“I Would Die 4 U,” which features the lyric: “I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I’m something that you’ll never…

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10 Things I Wish Someone Told Me as a Teenage Boy

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To get to the root of rape culture, and to create systemic changes to sexism and patriarchal domination, it is not sufficient to blame the media, or music, video games, or alcohol as the cause of violent behavior. Rather, we have to look at the ways entitlement and violence are socialized in boys as they…

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20 Gentle Quotations from Mister Rogers

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I know that as a child I watched Mister Rogers. But today, I couldn’t tell you what the show is about. I could sing some of the theme song, and I know he changed his shoes and put on a cardigan. But after reading these quotations, many of them from his book, I know that…

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When Masculinity Fails Men

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Masculinity, or manhood, as it is most commonly understood in Western culture, is determined by a set of criteria placed always just out of reach of the striving man. The result is not only constant attempts at proving one’s manhood, but the perpetual failure to succeed in all realms: financial, physical, sexual. Dr. Nerdlove (not…

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Harvard’s 75 Year Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

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Beginning in 1938, Harvard researchers spent 75 years studying men to determine what traits, behaviors, lifestyle choices, environment factors, etc. lead to a happy life. Spoiler alert: the single most important factor to a happy life is love. But love is impacted by many elements. This exhaustive study provides interesting insight into what makes or…

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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…

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