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.

“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

Men with ED Make Better Lovers!

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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

Yes, Ms. Warner, There Is a Boy Crisis

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Mark Sherman finds serious issues with Judith Warner’s assertion that “boys are doing just fine.”

We Owe Our Sons What We’ve Given Our Daughters

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Mark Sherman says that it’s time to give our sons the same attention and support we began giving our daughters 20 years ago.

A Humorist’s Three Rules For a Happy Marriage

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Goodness knows, we need guidance. Mark Sherman is happy to oblige.

Songs You Probably Shouldn’t Play at Your Wedding

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After citing several great wedding songs, Mark Sherman humorously considers some that probably shouldn’t be on anyone’s list.