The Best of GMP’s Men’s Stories


John Manchester and his father, from his story, Son of a Famous Man

This is the third of a series of posts we’ll be running this week, featuring editor’s picks from all of our favorite categories. 

Some of our favorite stories and confessions by men, highlighting The Good Men Project’s original mission of creating a space for men to tell their stories and support one another.

Blood Spattered – Julio Medina explains how 15 years in Sing Sing taught him to take responsibility for his own life, to make the prison a less violent place and to help those coming out of prison start new, healthy lives.

Love Survives – Tom Matlack interviews Ron Cowie, whose wife died from a sudden and massive infection, about raising his young daughter alone and finding hope in the future while remembering his late wife.

Tim Heatherington: Photojournalist, Giant – Photojournalist Michael Kamber’s tribute to his friend and colleague who died on assignment in Libya.

She’s the One – Men tell the story of the moment they knew their partner was “the one”.

The Monster Inside Me – David Perez on living with depression, overcoming two suicide attempts and moving forward.

Son of a Famous Man – John Manchester, son of one of the most famous authors in American history, reveals what life is like in the shadow of a man whose success changed the face of a nation.

I’ve Got the Tee Shirt and the Trauma Response to Go With It – James Landrith discusses life as a male survivor, and his experience of rape at the hands of a woman.

Structural Failure – Amin Ahmed tells the story of his life as an immigrant, a man married to a depressed wife, and the friendships with other men that have saved his life and his sanity.

The Best Don’t Ask For Help (and Other Lies) – John Jones, a member of the armed forces, realizes that it’s time to face the truth about the abuse he endured at the hands of his ex-wife, his own suicidal thoughts, and find a way to have hope for his future and that of his beloved child.

My Dad Never Told Me He Loved Me, and That’s Perfectly Fine – Ali Rivzi writes, “I was his first child, his first son. I wonder if I was also his first experience with real intimacy.”


What have been your favorite men’s stories from The Good Men Project? Did any of them change your life?

Also check out The Best of GMP’s Dad Writing and The Best of GMP’s Sex and Sexuality.

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