Over the next couple months, Philly.com will host Mouthful, a podcast that features dramatic monologues highlighting the experiences and perspectives of young Philadelphians. These monologues, which are performed by professional actors, are produced by Philly Young Playwrights and Yvonne Latty, director of the Reporting the Nation program at NYU's Carter Journalism Institute.
What does it mean to be a man?
It's a difficult question to answer, even for an adult.
For teenage boys, becoming a man is much more than a question. It's a reality. It's a process that is subject to routine scrutiny and judgment from your peers and from the adults around you. It's the constant pressure to fit into a rigid and often narrow definition of what's manly: be strong, play sports, get girls. Have sex. And be good at it.
Bravado, machismo, and conquest trump kindness, vulnerability, and creativity.
But do these expectations really capture the essence of masculinity in 2017? And who, exactly, are the role models for young men and boys when it comes to how to act, how to treat women?
On this episode of Mouthful, a weekly podcast that places young people at the center of important issues, we talk to two men about what masculinity means to them: