Question of the Day: What Defines You, as a Man?


Is it your brute strength, your cunning wit, your charm, or something else?

Andre the Giant was famous for his size, but people who knew him loved him for his heart. I wish he were around today for us to ask him what he believed defined him, as a man.

How about you? What is it that defines you, as a man?

(Or as a woman, or however you identify)


About Joanna Schroeder

Joanna Schroeder is a feminist writer and editor with a special focus in issues facing raising boys and gender in the media. Her work has appeared on Redbook, Yahoo!, xoJane,,, and more. She and her husband are outdoor sports enthusiasts raising very active sons. She is currently co-editing a book of essays for boys and young men with author and advocate Jeff Perera. Follow her shenanigans on Twitter.


  1. Character, fortitude and long suffering. Modesty and humility. A desire to help those less well off. To minister to the vulnerable and suffering. Love the lost. Be a great uncle, brother and son. Blessing others, striving for goodness and well being. Accepting and tolerating others views and beliefs. Contributing to the world about us instead of bleeding for personal gain.

  2. From the TV Show Sons of Anarchy, I think this really defines what being a man is:

    You reach an age where you realize that being a man isn’t about respect or strength, it’s about being aware of all the things you touch.

    Children face inward, wallow in their own selfish needs.
    Men face out, take action on the needs of others.

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