How to Pull a Tooth With a Rocket (Or, What Dads Do When Mom Is Not Home)

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Hugh Paxton suggests you don’t try this at home.

Roll of Toilet Paper Vs. Lion: A Body Language Tutorial

Toilet Paper Vs Lion

What lessons can we take from this video of a man taking on a lion with nothing more than a roll of toilet paper? Michael Amity has some thoughts.

The Stories on Our Skin: Men, Tattoos and the Act of Commitment

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In a world bereft of rites of passage, Wolfgang Brolley considers the inked stories on our skin.

Three Experiences that Make a Modern Man

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What are the experiences which make modern masculinity?

Why Men, Young and Old, Need a Rite of Passage to Relearn About Manhood

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Alan Bishop believes rites of passage are important so that men can connect with other men and gain a sense of community that is being lost. Do you agree? What do you think a rite of passage into manhood should look like?

Visions: 6/22

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An examination of the ways that what you see in your mind’s eye influences your life.

The “Walking Toward Manhood” Rite of Passage

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A glimpse at the ancient tradition of the ‘walkabout’ as practiced today, in which some young men sing to survive and others ‘walk to listen.’

When Teen Boys Lose Hope

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Hopeless and angry young males can do desperate things. How mentors can stand by in their times of crisis.

Secrets and Smokes at Two Minutes to Midnight

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Kenny Bodanis is a father of two small children: nowadays, he craves sleep. But 25 years ago, up late with his friends, it was a different story.

The Nature of the Nectar

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Do men find their first drink more memorable than women?

Finding the Boy in Your Father

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Your father wasn’t just a boy “back then.” He’s one now, too.

How Teens Drink

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Before the energy drink slash cocktail and butt-chugging, there was “The Watermelon Crawl” and “Mr. Boston’s.”

The Importance of Pecking Orders to Boys

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Should parents and teachers intervene in the jockeying for status endemic among adolescent boys?

Coup d’État

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A missionary growing his first chin hairs comes face to face with revolutionary soldiers in the Dominican Republic.

The Value of Snow Shoveling

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When Bob Barsanti was his eldest son’s age, his adolescent ego was stoked by shoveling snow: a modern John Henry against the snowplow. That was then…

My First Drink: 3/23

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Was your first drink memorable?