The “Real Man” Project: Seth Fornea

Rejoice, all you loyal Ginger Snaps! We were lucky enough to get model/dancer/activist Seth Fornea—he who spent four weeks atop The Ten—to participate in The “Real Man” Project, our new month-long mini-series exploring various perceptions of masculinity.

If you’ve been keeping tabs on Seth via Facebook, then you’re well aware that he’s been doing big things this summer! He’ll be appearing in Chicago tomorrow night for Market Days, and (ahem) let’s not forget when he worked with Manhunt for Gay Days in Orlando earlier in the season.

We’re truly honored that Seth took the time to write something up for us, and his answer to our “big question” is sure to vibe with some of you… Oh, and did we mention that there are new pics of him? That’s just an added bonus. ::insert cheesy, winking emoticon::

– Dewitt

Photo credit: Isauro Cairo

Click through to find out how Seth Fornea defines a “real man”:

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What does it mean to be a ‘real man’?

When I first heard this question, I honestly thought it was a biased concept to ponder. I don’t stratify gender or gender roles. However, I feel as though the question could also read “what does it mean to be a person I value”. I truly believe that aside from the different body chemistry and physical parts, the qualities that make both a man and a woman “real” should be the same. The personality trait I value most in a person is their ability to follow through with respect, dependability and integrity.

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I choose to keep the people in my life who do what they say. I choose the people who follow through with actions that validate their words. Rarely do things work out perfectly or as planned, but I cherish the person that acknowledges changes, openly talks about them and offers honest options.

That is a real man to me.

Someone who can openly say, “I know we had planned this a certain way, but I have x, y and z going on right now, and these other options are the best I can do”.

To me, that quality in a man is so valuable. People with this quality are usually on time, they usually respond. Positive actions actually happen with these types of people, and friendship growth usually treads in a positive direction.

Hey! Did we mention you should follow Seth on Facebook for more pics and updates?


Click below to explore more of The “Real Man” Project: