“There’s no books for young boys,” he told Jennifer Hudson. “We have abandoned them. This idea of ‘boys will be boys,’ we just kind of let them go.”
Justin is also the author of “Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity,” which breaks down traditionally defined masculinity. For this latest book, he switched his audience from men to young boys ages 11 and up, hoping to teach them that it’s okay to be vulnerable.
“I wrote this book because I desperately needed a book like this for the 10-year-old who found porn for the first time before he was ready. For the 14-year-old who was bullied so bad, he had anxiety and hid at lunch because he didn’t want to go outside. For the 16-year-old who wasn’t emotionally ready to be in sexual situations and found myself in them. And for the adult me that’s still trying to heal all the stuff that happened.
“I wish somebody would have talked to me,” he continued. “Puberty is so intense and we act like we’re the only person in the world going through it, but everyone is going through it.”