Good Men Project

Can’t We All Agree?

By January 27, 2014 no comments Permalink

  Andrew Cotto watches while our collective conversations around hot-button topics  become ugly, hyperbolic and rarely productive. Andrew suggests we’re not so divided after all. Can’t we all agree the First Lady is awesome? — (In a very serious voice)…The powers that be in the National Football League (NFL) have spoken. With full consideration to…

America Has a Macho Problem

By December 30, 2013 no comments Permalink

Andrew Cotto wonders why we are so enthralled by the “tough is good” male stereotype. — America has a macho problem. Too much of our culture is informed by the idea of manhood being defined by toughness. We love the idea of the bad ass as the good guy, doling out physical justice to those…

Tough Guy

By March 26, 2013 no comments Permalink

Mike O’Shea was a physically powerful and courageous man, but what made him a hero to his lifelong friend, Andrew Cotto, was his capacity for love. Imagine my anguish. It was the first day of a recent college semester. I was standing in front of a large class of bright-eyed juniors and seniors. Normally, these…

Jamal Simmons on Being a Good Man in Politics

By July 10, 2012 no comments Permalink

Andrew Cotto talks man-to-man with political analyst Jamal Simmons about the greatest social problems facing America, President Obama’s legacy, and what it takes to be a good man in politics.   Editor’s note: Jamal Simmons is one of the most respected political analysts of his generation. During the 2010 congressional election he was the Democratic political…

Men in the Margins

By June 17, 2012 no comments Permalink

Too often men are either reduced to “cute boys” or “terrible human beings”. I met Maureen Dowd once. The Pulitzer Prize winning journalist of The New York Times was at The New School in Manhattan for a live segment of Al Franken’s former radio show on Air America. She was there that day to promote…