About Gint Aras

Gint Aras has two decades of experience teaching, over ten of them in a Chicago-area community college. He writes a weekly column, True Community, about young men and education. His writing has appeared in St. Petersburg Review (forthcoming, 2014), Antique Children, Criminal Class Review, Curbside Splendor, Dialogo, Šiaurės Atėnai and other publications. He's a photographer and the author of the cult novel, Finding the Moon in Sugar. Check out his website, Liquid Ink and follow Gint on Twitter @Gint_Aras.

My Son Got Arrested But It’s Not His Fault

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Parents mean well when they call professors to offer excuses, but they end up revealing more than they intend.

When’s A Guy Good Enough?

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A cab driver presents a rhetorical question and warns us about the dangers of higher education for men.

Sex Education, Please

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The worst case scenario of a poor sex education is not an unhealthy sexual identity. It’s the unplanned birth of a child.

The Myth and False Lesson of Independence

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Why are we afraid of teaching young people how they relate to the network of human interaction? Why do we value our independence over our dependability?

5 Annoying Things Male Teachers Hear

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Teaching is still considered to require or reward qualities we consider inherently feminine.

The Valuable Lesson of Mortality

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The questions we dread are the same ones everyone else dreads. They’re better asked and contemplated in community.

Education Is Unmanly

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The first male in his family to attempt college will often find himself pestered about his masculinity.

Nobody In My Life That Cares About My Future

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Some young people of the underclasses are so courageous that they don’t even know it.

Top 3 Education Myths and How They Affect Men

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What would happen if we admitted most of what we say to young people about education is false?

Reading Is For Girls

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If you believe reading is emasculating, guess what? You’re right.

Styles of Entitlement

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Our entire culture feels entitled, but men and women have different ways of expressing it.

Boredom Is A Choice

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A young man suggests that a table’s boring and there’s nothing he can do about it.

I Had To Kill A Guy At Work Yesterday

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A student explains why he can’t take the midterm tonight.

This Was the Hardest Thing Anybody Ever Made Me Do

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A young man is given the task of investigating his own curiosity.

5 Ways to be Alternative

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Gint Aras believes it’s easy to be cool. But alternative? That’s a bit more challenging.

Why Cold Weather Makes Me Think About Masculinity

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“Baby, it’s manly outside.” Gint Aras reflects back on the ways he was reminded that he needed to take the cold weather like a man.