About Mark Sherman

Mark Sherman is editor of the Boys Initiative blog (www.theboysinitiative.wordpress.com), and also writes one for Psychology Today (Real Men Don’t Write Blogs). He received his Ph.D. in psychology at Harvard, and has taught, researched, and written on gender issues since coauthoring Afterplay: A Key to Intimacy in 1979. Having three sons and four grandsons, he is especially interested in how boys and young men are doing both in and outside of school.

Women And Girls May Be Rising, But Boys Are Not

A grandfather of four boys worries about their future in a girl-centered society.

The Old Tapes Weren’t All in My Head

What is uncovered during an organization project ends up helping an older guy understand his younger self and the changing times.

Men Are Changing … for the Better

Mark Sherman recalls two polite interactions with other guys that could have easily gone the other way.

Help is On the Way: We’ve Finally Noticed Boys’ Struggles

Mark Sherman is part of a growing bipartisan effort toward the establishment of a White House Council on Boys and Men.

“Sorry, It’s a Boy.”

Mark Sherman finds a second half Super Bowl commercial sexist against boys (and men)

Why I Hope Chelsea Clinton Has a Son

Mark Sherman believes that if Chelsea Clinton has another baby, its gender could make a big difference for boys and men in America.

How Impotence Led to a Great Sex Life: A Conversation with Author Michael J. Russer

Author and speaker Michael J. Russer shares how he is helping young men to eliminate the cycle of unfulfilling hook ups and achieve long-term extraordinary intimacy with their partner.

My Battle With a Bashful Bladder

Mark Sherman recounts his struggle with finding relief in public places.

An Older Guy Remembers His Youthful Sex Drive

As a young man, Mark Sherman thought there was something wrong with him because he was obsessed by thoughts of young women – until he talked to his friends.

The Mask

A super-short work of fiction by Mark Sherman that the Woodstock Times called “a great, psychodrama-short story (involving psychoanalysis, no less).”

What Does ‘Acting Like a Man’ Really Mean?

Mark Sherman wonders if “acting like a man” should simply mean acting like a grown-up.

The Long and Righteous Road

Mark Sherman says that our society is gradually recognizing the full humanity of all of us, even if it sometimes seems like it’s taking forever.

Boy Is Beautiful

Mark Sherman has four grandsons and wants boys who act in typical boy ways to feel good about themselves. Society, at least in schools, may be sending a different message.

“Please, Professor,” Give Me a B

A professor’s funny song from the 1970s anticipates the problem of young men not doing their best in college.

5 Suggestions For Staying Happily Married

Mark Sherman, married (to the same woman!) for more than 43 years, shares some straightforward ways he and his wife avoid common marital problems.

Dear Mr. President, Our Nation’s Boys Need Your Attention

Mark Sherman, a big fan of the President, asks him to call the nation’s attention to the problems facing boys and young men.