There are 53 million Americans caring for a loved one today, and it is a little-talked-about fact that 40 percent of these caregivers are men or male-identifying people. Because of how care work has been gendered, it has been devalued and taken for granted as the work of women and is mostly invisible in our culture. And today that includes the 20 million male and male-identifying caregivers in the U.S. We all pay the price when caregiving remains invisible and gendered in outdated ways.
Man Enough to Care, a Wayfarer Studios production in partnership with Caring Across Generations, is a five-episode miniseries that calls on millennial men to step up, step in, identify themselves as caregivers, and be part of a conversation that begins to define a new, healthy masculinity rooted in a culture of care.
The series centers on a filmed roundtable discussion exploring several caregiving themes as they relate to masculinity and gender norms. In addition to Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin, Clouds, Five Feet Apart), it features former NFL star Devon Still, actor Nathan Kress (iCarly, Star Wars Rebels), comedian and writer Zach Anner (Speechless), caregiving advocate Robert Espinoza, and Ai-jen Poo, Director of Caring Across Generations and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
It takes a lot of work to transform our culture of care, and Caring Across Generations is excited to share this series with you to jumpstart conversations about masculinity and caregiving. Man Enough to Care aims to fundamentally transform how we value care in our culture for the truly essential work that it is, no matter who does it. This series creates a uniquely vulnerable, empathic and uplifting exploration of what it means to care and be cared for as a man in modern society.
By publicly sharing these videos and your caregiving experiences, Caring Across Generations encourages 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.
Watch the Man Enough to Care episodes: