What makes a man?

Thomas McBee’s latest book, “Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man,” is more than a personal narrative about McBee’s experience in the boxing world as a transgender man. McBee uses the boxing ring as a powerful framework to explore the broader dynamics of masculinity and the weight of male violence.

During our event on October 3, McBee challenged the audience to think beyond “real” men vs. “fake” men, and thus the characteristics traditionally attributed to men–including aggression and violence.