Be A Man


Joe Ehrmann describes how destructive the three words “be a man” are within the American culture. Ehrmann explains three main lies of masculinity pertaining to athletic ability, sexual conquest, and economic success. None of these things determine what it means to be a man. He also explains the effects of telling men to not emote.


  • Joe Ehrmann describes the 3 biggest myths of masculinity about “being a man” as ball feild, bedroom, and billfold. Where do you see these three myths around your school?
  • What are some ways that you can stand up and counter the common belief of what a “man” is? How can you challenge this idea within your classroom, lunchroom, hallways?
  • Alexithymia is defined as “an inability to emotions and feelings into words.” How can this be detrimental to the emotional development of male peers?