The Good Men Project
|The Good Men Project|
The Good Men Project was founded in 2009 by Tom Matlack and James Houghton as a way to allow men to tell stories about the defining moments in their lives. The hope was to spark a “national conversation” around the question of “What does it mean to be a good man?” 
According to the organization, The Good Men Project is an effort to build and sustain a national discussion about being a good father, son, husband, partner, and worker in America today.
Books and films
The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood is a collection of 31 essays written by a broad range of contributors including not just well-known writers, but also a former Sing Sing inmate, a father of five watching his wife die from cancer, a soldier just back from Iraq, and a host of ordinary men willing to share their everyday struggles to define themselves as men in the twenty-first century. Notable contributors include rock critic Steve Almond, former New England Patriot Linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, and Pulitzer Prize winner Charlie LeDuff.
The film of the same title is directed and produced by Matt Gannon, maker of the feature documentary In the Crease and co-producer of the Oscar-nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring. The film presents the stories of ten men from varied backgrounds who share the moments in their lives that made them who they are.
The Good Men Project Magazine
The Good Men Project Magazine, based in Boston, launched on June 1, 2010. MS. Magazine gave a favorable review of the magazine, stating that it "... will make you rethink the idea of a men’s magazine. Recommend it...to anyone who wants to read stories about people coming to terms with what enlightened masculinity might look like in the 21st century.”
The Good Men Project Magazine is an online-only magazine. It is divided into sections: "Sex and Relationships", "Dads and Families," "Marriage," "Advice and Confessions", "Sports," "Ethics," and "The Good Life."
Good Men Project Magazine editor is Noah Brand.
The Good Men Foundation is a registered New York State nonprofit charitable corporation dedicated to helping organizations that provide educational, social, financial, and legal support to men and boys at risk.
Tom Matlack and his business partner, James Houghton, began The Good Men Foundation with two objectives, help at-risk boys by contributing money to proven nonprofits, and to initiate a broad discussion on what it means to be a good man.
Some of the organizations The Good Men Foundation supports are:
- Street Potential, a program for men ages 13 to 20 in the Boston juvenile justice system, that encourages participants to create visual art and hip-hop music as vehicles for self-expression and helps foster an increased sense of confidence, success, and personal accomplishment.
- The Boys and Girls Club of Boston, whose mission is to help young people, especially those most in need, to build strong character and realize their full potential as responsible citizens and leaders.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, which currently serves more than 3,500 youths in 155 cities and towns throughout the Massachusetts Bay area through one-to-one adult-youth mentoring relationships.
- Dorchester Youth Alternative Academy, an innovative human service organization committed to providing education, community services, and counseling to Children in Need of Services (CHINS), an at-risk population of truant youths ranging in age from 12 to 16.
Speaking for The Good Men Project Matlack and Houghton have been interviewed and cited by media outlets such as NECN, Fox News, Men's Health, Jezebel, Gawker, Smith Magazine, WCCO, WBEW, The New York Observer, The Boston Globe, Bitch, AlterNet, The MetroWest Daily News, blast, Mediaite, Slate, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Huffington Post.
Good Men Media, Inc.
The for-profit arm of the Good Men Project, Good Men Media, Inc., was founded in March 2010 by Lisa Hickey, an advertising veteran and social media consultant. Hickey is also the CEO. Good Men Media gives back a portion of proceeds to the Foundation in return for licensing the Good Men Project name.
Good Men Media is responsible for publishing the online magazine, The Good Men Project, and is also developing book, film and technological applications that all focus on men’s issues.
In November 2010, Good Men Media received a round of Angel funding $500,000. The Boston company plans to use the funding to expand distribution of men's related content and to support revenue growth. Investors in Good Men Media include project founder Tom Matlack and private angel investors Grant Gund, managing partner of Coppermine Capital; Jack Roberts, CEO and president of Consert Inc.; Mike Jackson, former partner at Lehman Brothers and founding partner of Ironwood and Housatonic Partners; and Michael Margolis, founder of the investment management firm Maric LS, LLC, and others.
While The Good Men Project has the aim of fostering and promoting positive and healthy role models for men, it has generated controversy following its coverage of rape topics. In October 2012, a short story by columnist Ryan Bjorklund about a male college student coercing an 18 year old girl into giving him oral sex was widely criticised for its lurid and pornographic nature and was subsequently retracted. In December 2012, it published an opinion article by columnist Alyssa Royse describing a friend of hers who raped a drunk woman as a "nice guy", and an autobiographical anonymous article by a serial rapist who unrepentantly vows to continue abusing alcohol in search for sexual encounters while accepting "running the risk" of raping more women. These pieces were widely condemned for promoting a rape apologist culture rather than fulfilling the stated aim of contributing to useful discourse around the motivations of rapists.
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