Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood

Inspired by the award-winning poet and actor’s acclaimed one-man play, a powerful coming-of-age memoir that reimagines masculinity for the twenty-first-century male. 

Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez is a supremely gifted storyteller with a captivating voice whose power resonates equally on the live stage and on the page. In one of his most powerful spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a nightclub. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez’s eyes inexplicably welled up with tears. Everyone at the scene jumped back, as if showing vulnerability was the craziest thing that Gómez could possibly have done.

Like many men in our society, Gómez grew up believing that he should be ready to fight at all times, treat women as objects, and close off his emotional self. It wasn’t until he discovered acting that he began to realize the true cost of squelching one’s emotions—and how aggression dominates everything that young males are taught.

Plummeting graduation and employment rates and dire teen suicide statistics show that young males in our society are at a crisis point. Gómez seeks to reverse these alarming trends by sharing lessons about life, love, and vulnerability. Man Up galvanizes men—but also mothers, girlfriends, wives, and sisters—to rethink the way all men interact with women, deal with violence, handle fear, and express emotion.

Gómez urges men of all ages to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man.

“Man Up” is available now through AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks A MillionIndiebound, Penguin Random House and iTunes!

 

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Here it is—my new poem: “If a Princess Tries to Kidnap Your Daughter”

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Inspired by my brilliant baby girl

& for every parent out there pushing back against the sexist limitations placed on their child.

 

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In the thick of New York winter…but thinking about this view I had last week in Oʻahu.

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Throwback from last Thursday, when I couldn’t have felt further away from winter much less a blizzard, on Lanikai Beach. (Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi) ‪#‎tbt‬

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Blizzard over Broadway.

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60 shows down. O to go.

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3 months ago I kicked off the biggest college tour of my life. 60 shows, 55 schools, and 32 states later, my fall tour is officially a wrap. Overwhelmingly exhausted and even more grateful. Most days, I cannot believe how blessed I am to have this life where art enables me to travel the globe and meet amazing people and be vulnerable and share stories and be forced to grow. Thank you to each and every person who brought me to their corner of the world this fall. I am so much better for it. 

#‎CarlosFallTour2015‬ #‎OverAndOut‬

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo by Joon Kim)

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That moment when you’re having a good day and then…

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…you find out the rest stop you’re at discriminates against extraterrestrials.

 

 

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