Back in June when the Good Men Project Magazine had just launched, Ms. magazine took us under their generous wing, calling the mag “what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century.” Now that we’ve been given some time to grow up, they’ve come back to check in.
CEO Lisa Hickey talked to Kyle Bachan about our growing pains and what we’re hoping for once puberty passes. (Spoiler alert: How does a Good Men Project Broadway show sound?)
Here’s an excerpt, but be sure to check out the whole interview here.
What would you consider to be the defining features of a good men’s magazine?
One that talks about the often provocative subjects that people don’t normally talk about in public, gives insights to the way that decisions are made around moral or ethical issues, and is not afraid of polarizing topics. That’s one thing we have learned as we’ve gone along: We are hated [on] by both feminists and men’s rights groups a lot of times because they don’t think we’re doing enough for either group. We embrace that. We say, “Great. Disagree with us, come join the conversation, write for us, let’s hear your voice,” because we want to understand what the issues are and not judge them.
What have these groups been criticizing in particular?
We’ve been accused of misandry by the men’s rights groups. We’ve been accused of using shameful language around men. We’ve been accused of not understanding the issues that men face in divorce courts and how they are screwed out of getting custody for their children so often. On the other side of the spectrum, we’ve been accused of using language that is pro-male and anti-woman, to have outdated views of feminism, to be part of this patriarchy, to be creating a network around men when it should be a network around humans. So we definitely get very specific things from both sides.
What have you learned then, in the first several months of operation?
That the conversation is even more important than we originally thought, in part because of these polarizing groups and the fact that we are able to bring them together. I like nothing better than when we put an article out there and we get the opposing sides arguing among themselves in the blog comments.