The Ferdinand is created as a site to try to understand what it is to be a man in the modern world. It is an off-shoot of the Modern Manhood Podcast, a podcast dedicated to understanding masculinity through interviews with other men. The Ferdinand will try to encapsulate that energy through the written word. Either through educational writing, op-eds, poetry, fiction, free-form personal entires, or first-hand accounts, we will bring stories and messages of people of all genders in trying to question what masculinity looks like today.
The goal is that you will come away with a more robust understanding of what masculinity is, and how it shapes our world around. I would also hope that you come out of if with more questions than answers. Questions are what bring knowledge.
The Ferdinand believes strongly that there is no such thing as one form of masculinity. Hegemonic masculinity has been the root of a lot of problems in the western world, so we believe there is a whole spectrum of different types of men, all of them valuable
While we do believe in the infinite spectrum of masculinity, we don’t accept the ones that don’t come with respect for their fellow human. Therefore, The Ferdinand believes strongly in empathy and compassion. The pieces and the work will reflect that in some way. We do not come from a place of anger or hate.
The Ferdinand is for everyone, therefore everyone is encouraged to submit writing for us. But the work of destroying male stereotypes, and destigmatizing what people believe of male vulnerability, without the voice of men, is a fool’s errand. So for the most part we encourage male voices.
The Ferdinand’s name comes from the story of Ferdinand The Bull. A children’s story about a bull who did not want to fight the matador who provoked him, but instead smell the flowers in the matador’s hand. Ferdinand is a perfect personification of someone who is comfortable with his own self, even though it is opposite of what people perceive of him.