How Reading Good Men Project Lowered my Testosterone
Low testosterone levels being brought on by reading websites like Good Men Project are no joke. I’ve suffered at the hands of male hormone altering blog content and it was tough. But I came out the other side a stronger and better version of myself. Here’s my story.
A few years ago I was in trouble. I didn’t know what was happening. I was having all these weird symptoms that couldn’t be explained. Most worrying were:
Believing that I was society’s problem because of my ethnicity and middle class upbringing
A tendency to cry at the end of films involving Ryan Gosling and ruled notepads
Simultaneously believing I was the problem and a victim
Weight gain, bloat and really, really low energy
Right around this time I was reading the website known as the ‘Good Men Project’ several times a day. I’d come home around 5.30 and just read re purposed blog content for hours. I’d laugh at the jibes at white males, cry at the sex therapy articles and shudder at the thought of so much middle class privilege.
I’d even joke with other Premium members about wanting low T – after all who would want to be a strong father figure right? Or so I thought.
In my mind these were halcyon days – where I was fine with being a male feminist. I just didn’t realise what reading Good Men Project was doing to my testosterone levels. And what this was doing to my health.
Testing my Testosterone and Finding the Truth
When I finally got my levels checked I was a mess. I couldn’t walk past the Rom-Com shelves in the DVD store without picking a couple. I’d even stopped going to the gym and just doing Zumba. Comfort eating was my go to when I felt oppressed by indirect aggression. I look back now and wonder what I was thinking.
My doctor confirmed it – my hormone levels looked like a TV test screen: all scrambled and garbled.
“Do you read Good Men Project?” He asked. I nodded, tears rolling down my neck beard, staining my Star Wars T-shirt.
It was nearly too late. Quitting Good Men Project cold turkey was a tough and confusing time. I’d got so used to ‘knowing’ that my personal identity (white, male etc) was a disease.
I’d become accustomed to the regular columns and articles telling me about my victimhood.
Was all of this a lie?:
With the support of websites like Danger and Play, Bold and Determined , I started embracing my masculinity and identity. I also started lifting weights again and watching Arnold Schwarzenegger films, ditching the soppy romances. I even managed Rambo: First Blood after a couple of months.
I stopped apologising to people for being me and started living life on my own terms. And you know what? My T levels climbed slowly but steadily back up.
A Journey into High T and the Future
Right now I feel great:
I lift weights several times a week
I have great relationships with my kids
My marriage and sex life is stronger than ever
Since I stopped reading Good Men Project, it’s been a huge difference. I’d never go back to those days. My T levels are where they should be, as is my identity as a man.
But the story doesn’t end with me, it ends with you.
Are you trapped in a cycle of self-loathing brought about by reading vapid click bait?
Maybe you even write it? If so I’m reaching out to you now – it’s not too late to change.