BuildingBoys Resource: The Dovetail Project

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Sheldon Smith’s dad wasn’t there for him. His grandfather wasn’t there for his dad. Sheldon was determined to stop the cycle. At the age of 19, on the verge of becoming a father himself, he founded The Dovetail Project, an initiative designed to teach young African-American fathers (ages 17-24) the parenting, life and job readiness […]

Why We Talk About What It Means to “Be A Man”

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No one has ever asked me what it means to be a woman. I realized this recently, after two of my brothers began debating what it means to be a man. One of my brothers wrote out his thoughts after seeing the trailer for The Mask We Live In, an upcoming documentary that focuses on […]

Being a Man

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Being a man has nothing to do with being a tough guy, or hiding your emotions, getting in fights, or getting the most woman. That’s not being a man.  That’s an immature  boy, that is not a man.  Too many grown men who cling to being a boy and who won’t grow into a man. […]

Mike Palombi on Being a Man, Hopeless Teens & Getting to God

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“How’s It Feel, Tough Guy?” is the story of Mike Palombi’s transition from lawless teen to God-filled man. In his youth, he thought being a man was all about how much you could lift, how much beer you could drink and how many girls you could get. His one rule for deciding whether or not to do […]

The Secret Lives of Boys: A Conversation with Malina Saval

What is it really like being a male teen? How do today’s boys see themselves and the world around them? What do boys dream about? What makes boys cry? These are the questions journalist Malina Saval set out to answer in a three year research study where she crisscrossed the country speaking to boys from […]

Mattel, Moms & Toy Cars

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Photo by jencu The headline — “Mattel Thinks Moms Need Help Playing with Hot Wheels” — drew me in. So did some of the comments, both within the article and elsewhere online. One mom said she found the concept “insulting,” while another mom wrote, “But where do the ribbons go? Can I put play makeup […]

Mattel, Moms & Toy Cars

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Photo by jencu The headline — “Mattel Thinks Moms Need Help Playing with Hot Wheels” — drew me in. So did some of the comments, both within the article and elsewhere online. One mom said she found the concept “insulting,” while another mom wrote, “But where do the ribbons go? Can I put play makeup […]

Musings on Manhood

My friend, Dr. Marcus Jackson, a middle school principal and writer, is currently surveying men about their definition of manhood. (If you’re a guy, and have something you’d like to share, post your thoughts in the comments below.) I’m intrigued by his survey, so I posted his question on my Facebook page. One of my […]