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Role/Reboot is a nonprofit created to navigate a world built on outdated assumptions about men and women's roles and to advocate ways to understand and embrace the changing reality of our day-to-day lives. Follow them @RoleReboot.

I Get Mocked for Being Fat, But It’s What Guys Do

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Edwin Lyngar wonders why is it OK for men to poke fun of each other’s physical flaws?

What Chaucer Can Teach Us About ‘The War On Men’

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Lynn Biesner insists that the much-needed men’s revolution will first require a re-imagining of our social structure.

Does Sharing a Name Really Mean Anything?

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Edwin Lyngar says no two marriages are the same, so why do so many people try to practice the same traditions?

Petraeus, MLK and JFK: Why I Don’t Demand Fidelity From My Political Leaders

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Emily Heist Moss asks a lot of her leaders, but one thing she doesn’t demand is fidelity.

Is it Wrong to Prefer Dating Only People of a Specific Race?

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Drew Bowling wonders if it’s possible to prefer dating people of a certain ethnicity without making assumptions about an entire race.

Is Marriage Obsolete?

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Marriage certainly has its problems, but as they say about democracy, it sure beats the alternatives, according to author Lisa Levey.

If I Work Out to Chris Brown Music, Am I Supporting an Abuser?

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Emily Heist Moss insists that while we can argue for capitalism and free speech, we can’t pretend we don’t know that there are real, ethical, human costs attached to every consumer act we commit.

I Wish My Mother Had Aborted Me

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Lynn Beisner explains the difference between the two phrases “The best choice for both my mother and me would have been abortion” and “I wish I had never been born.”

I Refuse to Believe That Men Like Cuddling

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Lynn Beisner wonders if the men who say they like to cuddle are simply doing it to please their wives or girlfriends.

Men Need to Learn to Ask For Help

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Andrew Smiler discusses the importance of men asking for help, and why “going it alone” can only do harm.

Feminists Shouldn’t Be Shaming John Edwards

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Shaming anyone for engaging in any kind of non-exploitative, consensual sex—even if it makes you queasy—is a slippery slope. Lynn Beisner explains why tolerance is best.

Coming Out as Genderqueer at the Age of 50

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If terms like “genderqueer” and “pansexual” had been a part of the cultural dialogue years ago, Lyla Cicero wonders if more people today would be living more authentically.

My Husband Does Do That: My Journey Out of the Equal Parenting Closet

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Lyla Cicero is the odd woman out in her mothers’ group because her husband is not only a supportive father, he’s an excellent husband. So why does she feel the need to hide it?

On the Reproductive Rights and Responsibility of Men

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Because reproduction requires both men and women, Misty McLaughlin says the War on Women is more accurately a War on People, and asks men to take responsibility for their part.

Panda Three-Way

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Lynn Beisner re-examines the rite of passage that is “first sex” after learning her son lost his virginity in a three-way with an older couple.

Real Romance: How ‘Friends With Kids’ Gets It Right

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How did Friends With Kids get romance right? According to Eric Sentell, the movie accurately illustrates romance through shared meaning and relationship rituals, not stereotypical Hollywood sex.