The conversation no one else is having.
“The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century,” the press raved when we launched. We had set out to start an international conversation about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century. And with over 5 million visitors coming to join in every month, it looks as if we’ve done exactly that.
The Good Men Project was founded by Tom Matlack in 2009. Tom set out to collect men’s stories about the defining moments in men’s lives. What he discovered was that the connected idea between all the stories of the men that Tom talked to was that there was a moment when each man “woke up, looked in the mirror and said ‘I thought I knew what it meant to be a man. I thought I knew what it meant to be good. And I realize that I don’t know either.’”
These are the types of stories about men that “change the writer and change the reader.” The stories became a book, a film, a series of events, and then this website, where we are creating a space for a much-needed cultural conversation about manhood. Over the years, The Good Men Project has grown into a diverse, multi-faceted media company and an idea-based social platform.
The Good Men Project is a diverse community of 21st century thought leaders who are actively participating in a conversation about the way men’s roles are changing in modern life—and the way those changes affect everyone. We explore the world of men and manhood in a way that no media company ever has, tackling the issues and questions that are most relevant to men’s lives. We write about fatherhood, family, sex, ethics, war, gender, politics, sports, pornography, and aging. We shy away from nothing. Our content reflects the multidimensionality of men — we are alternatively funny and serious, provocative and thoughtful, earnest and light-hearted. We search far and wide for new stories and new voices from “the front lines of modern manhood.” And we do it without moralizing and without caricaturizing our audience; we let guys be guys, but we do it while challenging confining cultural notions of what a “real man” must be.
Guys today are neither the mindless, sex-obsessed buffoons nor the stoic automatons our culture so often makes them out to be. Our community is smart, compassionate, curious, and open-minded; they strive to be good fathers and husbands, citizens and friends, to lead by example at home and in the workplace, and to understand their role in a changing world. The Good Men Project is a place where that happens. We’re glad to have you along for the ride.
One question that comes up quite often is whether we endorse every person or idea on The Good Men Project as being good.
Publisher, The Good Men Project / CEO, Good Men Media, Inc.
Advisor, Board Member, Good Men Media, Inc.
Dads & Families
Ben Martin, Senior Editor
Heather Gray, Editor
Steven Lake, Editor
Liam Day, Senior Editor
Michael Kasdan, Editor
Gender & Sexuality
JJ Vincent, Managing Editor
Arts & Entertainment
James Stafford, Executive Editor
Greg Simms Jr.
Cameron Conaway, Executive Editor
John K. Anderson, Editor
Paul Blest, Editor
For The Love Of Men
Danielle Paradis, Editor
Alyssa Royse, Editor
Good for the Soul
Lori Ann Lothian, Senior Editor
Kevin Macku, Editor
Jacob Nordby, Editor
Edie Weinstein, Editor
Kristie Vosper Christie
And the Question Is…
War & Veterans
The Good Life
Ethics & Values
All Things Geek
Comment of the Day
Men / Strategic Advisor
Mark Greene, Senior Editor
Oliver Bateman, MCofA
Producer of Google+ Hangouts
Columnists and Staff Writers
Andrew Smiler, Gint Aras, Dr. Adam Sheck, Carl Pettit, Kile Ozier, Kate Bartolotta, Jason Kapcala, Bruce Tretter, Spoon Jackson, Andy Bodle, Scott Behson, Brandy Engler, John Edale, Robert Reece, Daniel C. Nathan, Rod Arters, Bill Johnson, Zach Rosenberg, Carl Bosch, Steven Garbin, John Brier, Tamara Star
John Hawkins, 9seeds
Special thanks to Stephen Sheffield photography for images that are part of The Good Men Project Brand
Some of Our Most Popular Stories Of All Time:
31 Reasons Why Men Don’t Cheat by The Editors
The Lack of Gentle Platonic Touch in Men’s Lives is a Killer by Mark Greene
Raising Boys, Advice for Moms by Tom Matlack
Dear Daughter, I Hope You Have Awesome Sex by Ferrett Steinmetz
The Danger in Demonizing Male Sexuality Alyssa Royce
Mostly Straight, Most of the Time by Ritch Savin-Williams
Confronting Life by Aaron Gouveia
Sir, Can You Help Me With This? by Tom Forrister
Why I Don’t Want to Talk About Race by Steve Locke
Why Women Aren’t Crazy by Yashar Ali
The Best Gay Books of All Time, Chosen by the Best LGBT Writers Edited by Benoit Lewis
The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent Ages 1-21 Joanna Schroeder, Alyssa Royce, Julie Gillis and Jamie Utt
25 Failsafe* Rules for Dads Raising Daughters Marcus Williams and Joanna Schroeder
I Blow-dry My Son’s Hair by Todd Mauldin
The Good Men Project on the air and in the news:
Publisher Lisa Hickey talks about what it means to be a good man on 89.5 FM in Chicago.
Former editor Benoit Denizet-Lewis talks about The Good Men Project, and our special feature on good politicians, on WCCO in Minneapolis.
The Chicago Tribune profiles Tom Matlack and The Good Men Project.
On the day of our launch, Mediaite had this to say.
The New York Observer profiles us in a feature about the new trend of thoughtful men’s magazines.
Ms. Magazine loves us.
The Good Men Project Speakers Bureau: Our top Management Team, Editors, Authors and Contributors are available for Speaking Engagements and interviews with print, radio and television media at any time. We also have dedicated media partnerships and content sharing arrangements. Please co-ordinate through [email protected]
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