The Uncommon Man

February 28, 2008

Short Film: Lusaka Sunrise

"In Africa, soccer is religion," commentator Dennis Liewewe declares. With millions of fans and thousands of youth aspiring to be soccer stars, soccer effortlessly catalyzes community. When Silas Hagerty took a trip to Zambia in the summer of 2006, he witnessed the power of soccer as an organizing principle and its potential to raise awareness about AIDS prevention. Here is what he saw....

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July 11, 2006

Fitness Survey

MRI was recently contacted by Beth Kathrins, a doctoral student doing research on fitness at TUI University in Caifornia. She especially needs input from men who belong to a gym (even if they never use it.) I took the online survey and it was short, easy and anonymous. So, if you're 18 to 64; living in the US; and belong to a gym/fitness center/health club, please help Beth with her research.

Her e-mail invitation is below.


I am a doctoral student doing research on fitness. I am doing an online survey about exercise and people who belong to a gym/fitness center/health club. This is a research study to learn what people do who belong to a gym (even if they never use it) and why. For example, does your activity level meet national recommended levels? Fitness is very important to men's health and there is still so much that we do not know about exercise and men's sedentary life styles.

This research is about anyone who is: age 18-64; living in the US; a member of a gym (even if you never use it.)

Please fill out this survey at:
-it only takes 10 minutes.
-it will help you think about your exercise
-it will help in understanding health and wellness in the U.S.
-it's completely anonymous/no spam/no record of your e-mail address.

Thank you SO very much for your help,
Beth Kathrins, PT, MS, ABD
Researcher, Physical Therapist

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March 21, 2006

Female Basketball Players Out-Graduate Men

Since we are in the middle of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, this seems like an appropriate post. It seems that a recent study has found that female basketball players are more likely to graduate than male basketball players. Here's the stat:

Ninety-five percent of the women's teams graduated half of their players. Only 64 percent of the men's teams did the same.

via Orlando Sentinel - Women Outdo Men In Graduations

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October 20, 2005

A Good Coach

It does my heart good when I read about a "traditional" male who "gets" it around the issue of how men are socialized in the US culture. I especially like it when a sports figure is one of those who "gets" it, since sports figures are the heros of popular culture.

Below is an article (its a bit dated) about Joe Ehrmann a former NFL star who is the coach the Greyhounds of Gilman School in Baltimore, a high school football team. He calls his coaching principal - Building Men for Others. Ah, it does a heart good...

(thanks Hugo)

via Parade Magazine - He Turns Boys Into Men

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September 20, 2005

Football Player Come Out As Sexual Abuse Survivor

Laveranues Coles of the New York Jets recently revealed that he was sexually abused by his step-father when he was between the ages of 10 and 13. It is always remarkable and important when a sexual abuse survivor is able to overcome social stigmas and speak about their abuse. It is also remarkable and important when a man - and a sports figure - comes out about sexual abuse. It makes it a bit easier for other sexual abuse survivors to speak out, too. It is great that Coles is also aware of this, too: "I think, you know, as a man, when you're violated in that way, you don't know how other people are going to take it, how other people are going to view you. There's so much that comes with revealing that part of your life and story...If it gets one kid to come out and say, 'Look, this is happening to me,' ... I think it's right."

via - Coles: I am a Survivor of Sexual Abuse

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August 30, 2005

Golf - A Man's Sport

Some thoughts on why golf is so predominately watched and played by men. Is it a remnant of the days of exclusive male clubs or a cultural way of exhibiting male privilege (the guys hitting the links after work)? Nope, the speculation here is - it's a bunch of hunters converging on a target and throwing things at it.

Article: via New York Times (may require registration) - The Golf Gene

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