Being ManKind is the start of a conversation. Through this project, we hope to address the unique issues that men and boys face in the 21st Century. The book is a collection of inspiring stories told by men from all walks of life. These are an opportunity for young men to draw on the diversity of experiences presented here to decide for themselves what it means to be a man in today’s society. We want these stories to create conversations everywhere, but especially in schools and youth organisations. We want to build a community to make a positive change. We can’t achieve this through one book alone, but this is the beginning of something bigger. There is so much more to come. Jenny Corrie, Producer Priya Dabasia, Producer & Photographer
Why are we doing this?
Today there are 3,477,829,638 people who were born male. At some point every one of those will ask themselves what it means to be a man in the world we live in. They’ll do this because the world still defines people by their gender, but these stereotypes create expectations that stand in the way of being a human first. To look at life purely through the lens of old-fashioned masculinity is short-sighted.
After all, you can be powerful but compassionate, strong but weak, competitive but giving, courageous but scared, the provider while being provided for. None of those choices should be dictated by your gender, yet the unwritten rules make it seem that they are. These expectations have not only inflicted damage on men, but also on the other 3,946,825,237 people they share this earth with. Rather than looking at people as men, we ought to look at men as people.
We hope that through the stories told here, the conversations sparked, the thoughts provoked, the understanding created – men will become the greatest individuals they can be, both for themselves and those around them. We want to show that once you get past the gender expectations, you find that the only unbreakable code in humanity is kindness.
Co-Founder, Being ManKind
How can you help?
You can help support our mission by getting the book and having conversations with young teenagers in your life. Remember, for every book you buy, we'll be gifting one to a school or youth organisations. Over the next year, we'll be bringing these stories to life through digital and film too. This is just the start of the journey and you're very much part of helping us on it. Thank you.