Yes, we are man enough: an open letter to Justin Baldoni
I have thought about a lot of different ways to express my gratitude for the important mission you have undertaken. I could have chosen to simply feature your groundbreaking TED Talk or to highlight your visionary show We are man enough. None of these options seemed personal enough to give justice to your inspirational commitment for healthy masculinity.
My open letter won’t be innovative but it will be heartfelt. The first two words that come to me when I think about you are: thank you.
Thank you for making healthy masculinity visible and relevant. I am a strong believer that vulnerability is the real strength but, as a man, felt very lonely with this feeling for a long time. I too, had been following an outdated script of what it means to be a man and did not take the opportunity to challenge it for most of my life. Your words and your actions give many of us the permission and the courage to embrace ourselves; to honor our emotions; to express our doubts, our fears and our insecurities. Thank you for putting humanity and authenticity into masculinity.
Thank you for creating a safe space for men to have meaningful conversations and for inspiring us to explore uncharted territories. While introspection and education are necessary first steps, deep and uncomfortable conversations are essential to spark change and to be able to relate to one another. I have been particularly moved by the body Image episode of We are man enough. It is comforting to see that I am not alone struggling with this issue.
“Thank you for creating a safe space for men to have meaningful conversations and for inspiring us to explore uncharted territories.”
Thank you for giving such a positive image of fatherhood and for setting a high standard for all of us. As a father of a boy and girl in his thirties, I relate to your experience on so many levels. I have been moved by your recent article about what your newborn son taught you about masculinity. It made me self reflect on my mistakes and my journey as a father. Thank you for sharing your experience, your struggles and for reminding us all that despite our flaws and insecurities, we are man enough.
Thank you for using your voice, your platform and your influence to tackle what I believe to be one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. I know way to well the courage it takes to advocate for this crucial issue and how ferocious the opposition you are facing can be. I have ventured on numerous comment sections of your content and realize the long road we still have to walk.
Thank you for your leadership. If this is of any comfort know that your work is crucial and very much appreciated. I will always be grateful for you and will do my best to play my part. If I ever can be of service, never hesitate to reach out.
Yes, we are man enough and on behalf of humanity, thank you for being man enough, for all of us.
Infinite love and gratitude,
About Justin Baldoni:
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director and entrepreneur whose efforts are focused on creating impactful media. He can be seen playing Rafael on CW’s award-winning phenomenon Jane the Virgin. In 2012, Baldoni created the most watched digital documentary series in history, My Last Days, a show about living told by the dying. On the heels of that success, Baldoni founded Wayfarer Entertainment, a digital media studio focused on disruptive inspiration.
In 2014 Baldoni started the annual Carnival of Love with a mission to improve the way the Los Angeles community views and interacts those experiencing homelessness. To support his work on Skid Row, he started the Wayfarer Foundation, which supports his work breaking the cycle of homelessness and supporting individuals facing terminal illness. Source: Ted.com
About We Are Man Enough:
Man Enough is a disruptive social movement ignited by a dinner conversation series that explores the heart of traditional masculinity in America.
Man Enough is a unique space where men, no matter their race, creed, sexual orientation and identity, political stance or socio-economic status can come together to express their thoughts and feelings freely — something men have been socialized to cut off in America.
Man Enough invites all men to challenge the unwritten rules of traditional masculinity that have caused us to disconnect from one another, created the foundation of men’s violence against women and prevented us from taking the long journey from our heads to our hearts.
Let’s hold ourselves and each other accountable to consciously taking part in this conversation, listening even when it gets uncomfortable, and making real changes in our lives to be better men tomorrow than we are today.
You are Man Enough. Source: Wearemanenough.com