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A glimpse of enlightened masculinity

“The Good Men Project is a glimpse of what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century,” the press said when they launched. They had set out to start an international conversation about what it means to be a good man in the 21st century. The Good Men Project was founded by Tom Matlack in 2009, and already has over 5 million visitors coming to join in every month. Matlack set out to collect men’s stories about the defining moments in men’s lives. What he discovered was that the connected idea between all the stories of the men that he talked to was that there was a moment when each man “woke up, looked in the mirror and said ‘I thought I knew what it meant to be a man. I thought I knew what it meant to be good. And I realize that I don’t know either.’”These are the types of stories about men that “change the writer and change the reader.”

The stories became a book, a film, a series of events, and then this website, where they are creating a space for a much-needed cultural conversation about manhood. Over the years, The Good Men Project has grown into a diverse, multi-faceted media company and an idea-based social platform. The Good Men Project is in fact a diverse community of 21st century thought leaders who are actively participating in a conversation about the way men’s roles are changing in modern life—and the way those changes affect everyone.

Men today are neither the mindless, sex-obsessed buffoons nor the stoic automatons our culture so often makes them out to be. Their community is smart, compassionate, curious, and open-minded; they strive to be good fathers and husbands, citizens and friends, to lead by example at home and in the workplace, and to understand their role in a changing world.

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Web site: http://goodmenproject.com/

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