It’s a meme, meme, meme world out there. Memes are shortcuts to what is important to us. But often they are just conversation starters. The story behind the meme is what is important.
And we’d like to hear yours.
We’re hoping these memes will prompt you to write something and submit it to The Good Men Project here.
Don’t use the exact words—talk about what is deep inside of you, in your own voice. Tell us a story about why these issues resonate with you.
PROMPT 1: “Not normal”
We live in interesting times, and it’s often not as fun as you might think. Things are changing at breakneck speeds, up is down, and things that are not normal are being normalized. Tell us your hopes, fears, and ways to adapt in such a world.
PROMPT 2: “Then, one day, I fell in love…”
We don’t grow tired of love (thankfully), nor stories about it. But what insight did love bring you? How did you change? Why was this time different?
BONUS CHALLENGE: If you can tell your story in exactly 100 words, you can be part our ongoing series “100 Words on Love.”
PROMPT 3: “21st Century Fatherhood”
Fatherhood is changing at its core, and we think that is a good thing. Gone are the days of distant, abusive, angry dads. Today’s dads are engaged, loving, connected—and, often, consciously doing things differently than their own fathers.
Tell us a story of how you see fatherhood in the 21st century.
PROMPT 4: Ideals of beauty and other ways society brainwashes us.
SIGH. A lot to unpack here. Good thing we’re The Good Men Project, where we eat stereotypes for lunch. Tell us how you have consciously overturned the pressures society places on you, including deep seeded racism, sexism, homophobia—and ideals of what is beautiful.
MEME CREDIT: Found on Twitter here.
PROMPT 5: How do you like your activism?
How do you like your activism? Shaken, stirred, in small doses or with things you hope will provide large sweeping changes?
(Join our Political Activism group on Facebook for more ideas!)
PROMPT 6: “Everyone thought they were Dumbo” — Elif Batuman
THIS quote by Elif Batuman. Have you felt this way? Tell us your story. (Please visit Elif’s website and make sure to credit it properly if you use the quote.
PROMPT 7: Would you play football if you knew of the dangers? Would you let your son play?
PROMPT 8: Are you ready to reveal all?
The act of storytelling is a revelation. It takes courage, vulnerability, risk. Are you ready?
PROMPT 9: “The never-ending contest in ourselves of good and evil.” — John Steinbeck.
Yep, we talk about this all the time. It might not even be the correct framework—we don’t believe in as black and white world as Steinbeck did. But what we’re interested in is the struggle. The hope that most people want to be good and want to be loved. Tells us what you think.
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