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Man Enough to Care, a Wayfarer Studios production, is both a celebration of the love and care and a recognition of the time, energy and personal sacrifice that comes with taking care of someone you love. This timely and vital roundtable discussion breaks down various challenges in the often invisible and undervalued role of caregiver, led by actor/director Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin, Clouds, Five Feet Apart) and featuring former NFL star Devon Still, actor Nathan Kress (iCarly, Star Wars Rebels) and author & comedian Zach Anner (If At Birth You Don’t Succeed, Rollin’ With Zach) and long-term care expert Robert Espinoza.

We aim to fundamentally transform how we value care in our culture for the truly essential work that it is, partnering with the leading nonprofit organization in this space, Caring Across Generations, to create this uniquely vulnerable, empathic and uplifting exploration of what it means to care for and be cared for as a man in modern society.

By publicly sharing these videos and your caregiving experiences, we are asking people to join the movement to build a culture of care: where caring is considered a strength and part of a newly-expanded notion of masculinity, and the work of care is valued, compensated, and supported.

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Since 2011, Caring Across Generations has been building a movement of all ages and backgrounds to transform the way we care. As the leading intersectional nonprofit and campaign in the space, Caring Across Generations works to transform our culture of care by getting people to recognize and value care — and the emotional, financial and personal sacrifices that come with it — as a collective responsibility. Caring Across Generations develops innovative policies starting at the state level to make quality care more accessible and these policies then fuel campaigns where field partners educate communities, organize activists and pressure elected officials. We elevate stories of caregivers and we shift culture to value care and embrace aging so the policies we fight for can take root and we reach our ultimate goal: a world where everyone can age with dignity, and caregivers are respected and supported.

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Being a caregiver is a special role, full of joy and challenges, vulnerability and strength. The 21 million male caregivers in this country know this, as they provide compassionate love, care, and support every day. But because traditional masculinity doesn’t always value vulnerability and care, men who are caregiving can feel more isolated and less supported than other caregivers. Caring for those we love is one of the things that makes us human, and many of us will be caregivers at some point in our lives. 


Do you have a caregiving story you want to share? When you share your story and experience as a caregiver, you are illustrating the strength that it takes to care for someone, and normalizing caregiving as a man. Your story will show other caregivers that they are valued and not alone.

Do you want to join a powerful and supported community of caregivers? 



Are You Man Enough to Own Your Biggest Embarrassments This Week? 

This month — OK, year — has been an embarrassment of humanity, but that should not stop us from focusing on improving ourselves. In fact, it seems like the best parts of 2020 are yet to come, and it starts with you. Most of us aren’t great at being “man enough” to show our flaws, admit our wrongs or surrender our opinions. No, we’d much rather cram them down deep, let them fester and manifest into toxic little balls we can regurgitate and spit in each other’s faces. But it’d be much better, although not as easy, to own our embarrassments, especially in light of everything happening now.

If perception is reality, then the flaws, flops and failures are what we hide in pursuit of perfection. But the reality therein is a fake, which is why we encourage you to embrace the bad with the good, be comfortable in your faults and use all parts of the buffalo by showing off that you’re man enough to look like an idiot every once in a strawberry full moon wolf eclipse.

Maybe you cross-dressed as Cruella DeVille one Halloween and made your cocker spaniel into a Dalmatian and you’ve spent every moment since then shredding the evidence. But maybe hiding isn’t the answer. Maybe we need to take a good look at our ridiculous attempts to wear fake eyelashes, appreciate what women do in service of their bodies, then have a good laugh at our regrettable decisions, shake it off and move forward.

Our Man Enough challenge to you this week is to own your biggest embarrassments. It doesn’t have to be the biggest skeleton in your walk-in closet of personal horrors, but it should be something outside of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to go deep, as long as it’s not too offensive or destructive to anyone but yourself (or anything that’ll get you fired or your dog surrendered).

Just be man enough to say, “Hey, this is me when I screwed the pooch. I’m better now.”

The more of us who are willing to come forward in this sharing circle and blow off some steam is not only going to make us feel better about ourselves, we’ll lift each other up and stop sweating the small stuff that weighs us down.

If we are to move forward together as a community, we’re going to have to get our hands dirty by digging up our past. And while we support our women in our collective march for equality both in race and gender, we have to remember that condemning one another will not be a lasting forgiveness. We have to let it go, learn from it and grow together, and there is no better place to start than with DIY haircuts, uncomfortable short jean shorts and that time at the water park when you didn’t realize you had on see-through shorts.

Let the purge of embarrassing riches ensue, we’re right there next to you.

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