What Does "Be A Man" Even Mean?

When and how do men get to talk about their feelings? During a football game? At the bar? Part of "being a man" often involves bottling up things like heartbreak, loneliness, and fear.

In this collection of interviews, we ask what happens when men don't have cultural permission to talk about their inner lives.

 

broken heart
Articles

Every week, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond host the popular "Dear Sugars" podcast, where they read listener letters and give relationship advice. Sometimes, they have to parse the questions people think they're asking ("Does my partner hate cats?") from the ones simmering beneath the surface ("Should I leave this man and never look back?"). More

Length: 
11:06
Football game
Articles

Author Steve Almond wrestles with the ugly undertones of America's favorite sport.More

Screen shot from the "American Male": http://michaelrohrbaugh.com/portfolio/main/american-male-2/
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Michael Rohrbaugh's short film “American Male” portrays the pitfalls of hyper-masculinity with a punch.More

Length: 
10:21
Spoken word with Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
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Hip hop artist and poet Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre has his own set of responses to being told to man up. Ten to be exact.   More

Length: 
03:30
A huddle

Be strong, be tough, don’t cry – boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the “male code” their whole lives. It's second nature, and also toxic. More

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February 02, 2018
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