I have so many mentors on this path. I’m happy to share a few with you today. While there are obviously more than ten, these are some great starting points.
1. Film: The Mask You Live In
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
2. Podcast: “Man” by The Liturgists
As a followup to their popular episode Woman, this episode explores masculinity and male identity in a culture striving for equality. Listen here. The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Our work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art.
3. Television: The #MeToo Episode of “Man Enough”
Justin Baldoni’s show is good in general, but this conversation has definitely been the highlight for me. I would encourage all men, but especially fathers, to give this a watch.
4. Film: Feminist on Cellblock Y
This amazing documentary follows a group of convicted felons as they wrestle with toxic masculinity and discover a path towards rehabilitation.
5. Tony Porter TED Talk
Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist working to advance social justice issues and Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”
6. Remaking Manhood by Mark Greene
Mark Greene is a writer, speaker and filmmaker. Greene writes and speaks on culture, society, family and fatherhood. His work is a timely and balanced look at the life affirming changes emerging from the modern masculinity movement. He writes and speaks on men’s issues for the Good Men Project, the Shriver Report, the New York Times, Salon, the BBC and the Huffington Post. Mark Greene’s articles for the Good Men Project have received over 250,000 Facebook shares and ten million page views.
7. Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era by Michael Kimmel
Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era is a sociological critique of the angry white male phenomenon in America by Michael Kimmel, first published in 2013. The book was re-published in April of 2017 with a new preface by Kimmel that directly discusses President Donald Trump.
8. Blog: Woke Daddy
I’m becoming a huge fan of my fellow dad, Ludo Gabriele. His website, Woke Daddy, is designed to provoke critical thinking and radical action. While Woke Daddy is written from a father’s perspective and therefore aims to empower men to challenge their conception of manhood and of the world, the primary mission is to connect at the human level and promote the idea of “oneness” and interconnection between all things and all beings.
9. The Work of Rachel Cargle
*Tip: In this space, just listen. You don’t need to engage. In fact…just don’t. Listen to their words without having a need to respond. If you don’t understand something, do the research.
10. Justin Baldoni’s TED Talk
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director and entrepreneur whose efforts are focused on creating impactful media. He can be seen playing Rafael on CW’s award-winning phenomenon Jane the Virgin. In 2012, Baldoni created the most watched digital documentary series in history, My Last Days, a show about living told by the dying. On the heels of that success, Baldoni founded Wayfarer Entertainment, a digital media studio focused on disruptive inspiration.
In 2014 Baldoni started the annual Carnival of Love with a mission to improve the way the Los Angeles community views and interacts those experiencing homelessness. To support his work on Skid Row, he started the Wayfarer Foundation, which supports his work breaking the cycle of homelessness and supporting individuals facing terminal illness. Source: Ted.com