This video about how we train our young boys and men to view masculinity really struck ALL THE WAY home. In the context of my recent conversations with my family and friends about my journey to manhood, I’ve come to realize that we can do better when it comes to teaching our youth what it truly means to be a man. There are so many signs of need and cries for help that are ignored until they come knocking at someone else’s doorstep: gun violence, bullying, isolation, depression, poor academic performance, poor relationships, sexual promiscuity, negligence. And then when folks see them crumble under the pressure, people blame the victims, saying that they should’ve asked for help. The truth is that they did- but in ways that we fail recognize.
I, like many of my colleagues at Ohio State and abroad, have cultivated a burning desire to uplift our young men to new heights so that we can harness the positive energy within each individual and release his potential! Men are emotional creatures and are complicated in all the same ways as other human beings. Awareness, acknowledgement, acceptance, and action will all come from one’s acceptance of the truth: we can do better and our youth deserve the best.
Here is the link to another video that effectively communicates the Catch-22 of being a man in today’s world.
Finding your place in the world as man can be tough. But finding the man in yourself can be impossible if we never look within.