If you were to describe what it means to be a man in one word, what would if be and why?
"I would choose human because, society, media, and my family had conditioned me to believe that a man is strong, provides for the family, and doesn't cry. I've grown to learn and realize that a man can be strong and a man can provide, but a man can also cry. We are humans and we have every right to embrace and nurture all the emotions that are so innate in all of us. I am a human being. I get happy, sad, excited, hurt, and I cry."
Occupation: Personal Development & Life Coach
From: Oakland, CA
Who is the manliest person you know and why?
"All the men in my life that aren't afraid to say "I love you."
What advise would you give your younger self about masculinity?
"I would say, that you get to define what masculinity is. That you have complete ownership over what you believe what masculinity is and it's your responsibility to define that nobody else's.... It's okay to be you man, and whoever you are whatever you are... its okay..."
What do you think healthy masculinity looks like?
"I think healthy masculinity is being okay with whatever level of masculinity you choose to identify with. I know that sounds so nebulous and sort of out there, but it's like if a person came up to me and that person is biologically a woman but identifies with the masculine identity, and they are not hurting anyone, and they are of service to people. Then I would say yea that's cool, that's healthy masculinity. If a person identifies as one as a male and is identifies as masculine and has to prove their masculinity by hurting people or saying hurtful things to someone or by being a certain way to overcome someone or to compete with someone I would consider that unhealthy..."