When you lose your identity, it’s called insanity. And for some men, manhood is their identity.
Male stereotypes are harmful. They are so harmful, in fact, because they are an actual question of identity. The idea, first, that someone says you *have* to be a man. And do so you have to be strong and brave, the provider and the savior. But you have to love beer and sports and sex. And nothing else. Not even pilates. And then, more harmful still, is the idea that somehow your manhood can be taken away from you. That it wasn’t yours all along.
Of course that’s stupid. Of course that’s not really true. It’s so not true, it’s absurd.
But what if your manhood *could* be taken away from you. “Revoked”, as it were.
When you don’t own your own identity…isn’t that the definition of insanity?
Lisa Hickey is CEO of Good Men Media Inc. and publisher of the Good Men Project. "I like to create things that capture the imagination of the general public and become part of the popular culture for years to come." Connect with her on Twitter.