Having Been a Polished Man

Barry Zweibel is a polished man.

As many of you know, I participated in the Polished Man project – an effort to raise awareness about violence against children. This is an update on how the effort went.

  • more than 60,000 men participated, worldwide
  • almost $1,000,000 was raised

All funds raised through Polished Man are channeled into trauma recovery and trauma prevention programs for children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering violence globally. These include YGAP impact entrepreneurs running ventures that reduce violence against children or provide emergency relief to those that have fallen victims to physical and/or sexual violence. Funds are also channeled into some incredible work being carried out by the Australian Childhood Foundation, Hagar International, the New York Centre for Children and World Vision.

To those that participated directly, or indirectly – or offered your support to me, personally – thank you.

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I’m a Polished Man

barry zweibel is a polished manHere’s a fun little share with a very serious message beneath it

I’m a Polished Man.

That means, for the month of October, I’m paintingd one of my fingernails to raise raising awareness for the one in five children affected by physical and/or sexual violence before the age of 18.

The idea is that people will notice, ask about it, and enable a conversation about better protecting society’s most vulnerable to the abuses of adults – kids.

Did you know that 90% of all sexual violence against children is perpetrated by men?

Did you know that 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 have experienced sexual violence?

I didn’t.

Now while The Polished Man is designed to be a fundraising event, I’m not asking you for a donation. I just want you – as adult men and women – to know these shocking statistics. Then, whatever you feel you need to do (or not do) next is fine by me.

  • But fellas, should you want to paint a fingernail of your own in support of the cause, excellent! (Send me a photo!)
  • And, ladies, should you want to encourage a guy you know to support the cause, that’d be great, too! (And also send me a photo!)
  • Hey, if you just want to mock my masculinity, have at it! (Just be creative about it!)
  • And should you want to support my campaign, here’s the link to my donations page: https://polishedman.com/barryzweibel.

If you can help me spread the word, though – in person, by phone, on Facebook, LinkedIn, via Tweets, Instagram (hashtag #polishedman)…or with a small donation – please KNOW I’ll appreciate it, greatly.

Andthank you for treating your kids with the respect they deserve.


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Straight Nines

I don’t know much about horoscopes, but today’s caught my eye.

Not because of what mine said – I’m a Gemini, which some might say explains a LOT!

But because of what everyone’s said.

Take a look – straight nines.

Across the board!straight nines

So if you need to ask someone for something, I suspect that today might be a pretty good day to ask for it.

Whoever they are, they’re slotted to have a pretty good day, today!

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Hot Doug’s: The Exit Interview

hotdougI get such a kick out of the names of Chicago Hot Dog joints: Mustard’s Last Stand; Wiener and Still Champion; Superdawg; Flub A Dub Chub’s; Red Hot Ranch; Hot Diggity Dogs; Relish the Thought; Dear Frank’s; and U Daw U, to name a few. (See Vienna Beef’s Hall of Fame for a few more.) But one of our most famous, Hot Doug’s, is set to close today.

Not that the comings and goings of hot dog joints is usually all that big of a deal. But this one’s quite Read more

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