The Good Men Project Community talks with Publisher and CEO, Lisa Hickey, about what it means to be a man today.
Every Friday our Premium Member Community is invited to join me for an insider’s conversation about “the changing roles of men in the 21st century.” When The Good Men Project launched nearly six years there was no one else having this conversation. Now we can find tidbits of this conversation on nearly every other major publication.
On last week’s call we discussed an article from The Guardian that relates to our conversation: “‘It’s About Money and Muscles’: Men Discuss What It Means to Be a Man Today.”
Of course, we DON’T believe it’s about “money and muscles”—that is one of the very stereotypes we are working to change. But what was interesting about The Guardian article was how many of the men thought it was really confusing to be a man today—even if they were able to articulate how men’s roles were changing very clearly and seemed to have arrived at a conscious and calm place in their lives. One man literally said, “Being a modern man is confusing and challenging.” Even the younger generation (who seems more open and less about gender norms) is struggling. “There is an identity crisis for twentysomething men”, said another man.
This lead to a spirited conversation among those on the call (our calls are always spirited). Jed Diamond mentioned that as we expand the roles of men to be less limiting—there is pressure on men to be all those things and so in some ways it is more challenging. Life used to be simpler when there were fewer options—even if it wasn’t necessarily better. Others on the call talked about how this translated into the dating norms of today’s world—how quickly they were changing, and even the younger people are a little rueful that there isn’t the ‘dating etiquette’ there used to be. We talked about how the education system is becoming more unbalanced in favor of girls, and how there are now role models in the media and how that leads to confusion for men.
And finally, someone asked a question that I’m sure I’ll be discussing on future calls with the community, “Have men changed what they expect of women?” That is a good question. Stay tuned for more next week.
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