With my latest request for contributions to my project...how timely that the newest episode of Law and Order: SVU should be about a man whose balls are cut off by a former student whom he'd raped years before. Olivia, the policewoman in charge of the department, talks to the man's wife about adoption. The wife responds with, "...it would only be a constant reminder of the night he wasn't a man anymore."
Losing the balls means one is no longer a man? Really? How many men have lost both nuts to cancer? Does that mean they are no longer men? Too many people still equate our functioning parts,
or even having those parts at all, to "being a man."
Even many men feel this way. Our parts are such an integral sense of ourselves that soldiers who've lost all (or part) of their genitals in battle go through an intense emotional trauma. Field medics and military emergency physicians have reported that the first thing injured soldiers ask is, "What about my dick?"
That is why I'm doing The Manhood Project; to help dispel that type of thinking. I'm asking for an essay (700-1,000 words) on what you believe it means to be a man, and a photo like this
If you'd like to contribute to this, email me at
I'll send you the PDF with instructions.