Glad to see a new sub is being created for men's support. I want to have my chance to help differentiate the sub from previous ones and potentially give it long-term value. So here's two broad ideas I have for how men can get the most benefit from the sub.
Idea 1: Monthly Events
- Art Therapy: have users submit drawings, songs, paintings, creative writing or other crafts that communicate whatever emotions are most present in their lives, regardless of skill, level. I personally love digital art and would like to share pieces related to masculinity and wellbeing.
- Books and Films: have users watch a particular movie each month that's connected in some way to masculinity. My personal favorite is "The Grey" 2011. Have users read a novel or academic monograph that is similarly connected. Frantz Fannon's The Wretched of the Earth goes into detail about how incapacitating trauma can be for men during armed conflicts.
- Video Game Meet-Ups: Create monthly threads where users can arrange their own online meet-ups on whatever popular video games are out at the time (thinking COD Warzone, Apex Legends, Halo Infinite, or even smaller indie games like Stardew Valley or party games like Mario Party). Having opportunities to socialize like this have never been more important than during this pandemic.
Idea 2: Online Men's Skill Share
- Have a monthly mega thread dedicated to having users share life skills with other users such as how to change a tire, how to mount a window AC unit, how to find the correct tax forms in your jurisdiction, or more specialized things like how to get into wood-working, how to cook certain recipes, tips for learning to code video games. Heck, I remember reading a post on this site where a user with severe anxiety needed help figuring out how to order from subway. I think having a non-judgmental space where people can get some brotherly practical guidance will keep people coming back here.
Thanks for reading!