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“Coming Clean” made The Good Men Project today

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If you’re here from the Good Men Project, then thank you.

My January blog post, “Coming Clean” made one of my favorite blogs this afternoon, The Good Men Project. After writing a blog post for them about work, the editor of the site, Lisa, asked me if she could repost “Coming Clean” for her readers.  I was really excited about it.  The original blog post got amazing response from people who related to my story about having Rheumatoid Arthritis.  But I knew that if the Good Men Project ran the post, then the lessons I’ve learned from my own experience would have reach more men who have experienced the same sort of pain in their own lives.  I wanted to share what I’ve been through with those readers.

Here is the version of Coming Clean I wrote for the Good Men Project.

I’m pumped about sharing the story with that audience, and nervous about the response I may get.

Good Men has been one of my favorite blogs for over a year.  It’s one place that asks real questions about manhood in the 21st century.  Our Western cultural narratives about work, about love, about relationships, and about gender and sexuality are being updated almost as quickly as we upgrade phones, as quickly as millennials change jobs.  All that change means we need a place to ask hard questions about identity, and get honest answers.  To feel safe exploring those vulnerable avenues of masculinity that we couldn’t explore in the past.  What it means to be a man, to do work that makes the world better (work that matters), and what it means to love and to be loved have changed, and I’m glad that Good Men exists for us to write about what those changes have meant for me.  I’m glad to be able to read about what those changes have meant for others.  We’re learning about ourselves together.

I’m glad to be able to share some of my story with their readers.  If it makes a difference, then that’s a really good thing.

If you’re here because you read my post on the Good Men Project, thank you.  I’m hoping that I’ll get to hear your story as well.  If you’ve gone through something similar, would you post something in the comments on the Good Men Project and share your story as well?  That would mean a lot to me.

I hope this helps.

Austin W. Gunter.

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