What Is A Man? by Tom Chiarella
This is an essay from Esquire Magazine about the author who decides to strip away everything about himself that makes him a "man" according to society in order to see what is left. He quits opening doors for women. He quits picking up the tab. He stops masturbating. He stops watching sports. He changes his life to a large degree.
Essay: 5 of 10
It's interesting to a point. My favorite part is the lead paragraph when he describes a four year old boy at a party who just walks over to a corner in the yard and takes a leak and all the men who are watching nod at each other in appreciation. This is something I can relate to as I have a spot in my yard where I pee. The wife hates it and thinks it is gross but we compromised and I get one spot. Unfortunately, that is the essay's high point for me. It just doesn't do much.
Teachability: 2 of 10
Gender roles are fun for discussion and very enlightening as a teacher. This would seemingly be a nice jumping off point but it just isn't. The masturbation topic isn't really school-friendly and the writing is geared to middle-aged men (of which I am one and didn't like it) instead of being very accessible for all ages and genders. I'll pass.