My daughter is taking a women’s studies class and came across this campaign calling for a new code of manhood. This is exactly what I was trying to do in my book, Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality [Click on “men’s spirituality” above]. Here’s the content of a poster from the campaign.

We believe in men but the idea of men has been distorted, limited to one dimensional stereotypes that diminish our potential and restrict our contribution to a healthy society. Gentlemen, it’s time to write a new code of manhood, a code as complex and diverse as men.

–        One that doesn’t confine us to labels like jock, nerd, hero, clueless husband or strong silent type.

–        That encourages self-respect as the first step in respecting others.

–        That celebrates strength but sees weakness in using it for harm.

–        That frees us to express all emotions.

–        That demands equality for all and inspires us to play a powerful, positive role in the world.

We believe in men. Let’s show the world what it means to be one.

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