When I was a small child, I wanted to be spider man. Seriously. My older brother and my mom were talking one day and when they asked me what I wanted to be, I replied with my proudest grin that I wanted to be spider man. My brother, only a few years older than me … Continue reading A Little Bit of Fight
Passion is supposed to always be fiery. Right? It's always raging and burning and evidently flailing wildly about. That's great. Not a damn thing wrong with that. It just seems like such a narrow view. Perhaps I'm just rebelling and my insecurity is on display, but I've been told I lack passion before. Several times … Continue reading What Does Your Passion Look Like?
It IS responsible for a great many other awful things, but when a young, angry, white kid gets a gun and decides to end lives, it’s not due to age old standards of masculinity. Mass shootings have arisen in recent decades not as the death knell of old paradigms of manhood but as a … Continue reading Toxic Masculinity isn’t Responsible for Mass Shootings.
My wife says that I am a good dad. My boy is not yet three, but he always greets me with a smile. My own parents tell me how proud they are of my parenting. Still I doubt every day. I change diapers. I make meals. I play and read and sing silly songs. I've … Continue reading Missing Moments in Front of Me
Boys raise their hands more. They dominate discussions. They are continually the largest voices in academia. Most have heard these statistics for years. There's truth to them. Most of it has its roots in a string of studies published in the early 90's which explored the plight of American girls in the education system. These … Continue reading We’ve Been Failing Our Sons