Generally speaking, the only time a guy from Jersey gets to share sincere affection for another guy is at that guy’s wedding or during his eulogy. Not to be confused with all of the other times when guys from Jersey share raw, unstructured emotion, such as (ticks off fingers) in…


Photo of Ken holding it down in his Westchester store

Ken Giddon is turning 60 years old today. Da fuq?

Ken Giddon is like a brother to me and at nearly twenty years my senior, probably more like a half brother from a parent’s first marriage.

People think we’re related because my last name’s Rothman, which was Ken’s maternal grandfather…


Illustration courtesy of Chloe Giroux

It turns out there are a lot of ways.

At a time when Google, Facebook and Amazon capture up to 70% of all ad dollars generated in the US and newspapers across the country have shed half their journalism jobs since 2008, you may think only a masochist would make…


I’m a huge believer in second chances. From Mike Tyson to Martha Stewart, everyone is redeemable, worthy of a second act. Unless, of course, you try dating one my sisters. In that case, you’re not even getting a first chance.

I have two younger sisters — Dana, three years younger…


So I run a parenting media company called Fatherly, which is ironic, because I don’t have any children.

For those who don’t know, Fatherly provides product and service recommendations along with parenting insights from dramatically overqualified people — like, for example, a Navy SEAL captain on how to win hide…


I woke up before dawn in a baseball dugout in Kentucky. I had a shaved head, a scraggly beard and I was wearing really tight, stank-ass spandex shorts, the kind of shorts that could earn a few sidelong looks in coal country Kentucky. …


What happens when everyone you know suddenly grows up

I’ve spent my last 12 years marketing to young, single professional men, most recently as one of the first employees at Thrillist, the company whose entire mission is focused on helping young dudes lead more fun lives.

Well a funny thing happens when you’re marketing to young single dudes for…


It’s 1993. I’m in 6th grade. I have a greasy face, a lone armpit hair and this newfound notion that every girl moves in slow motion, and there’s my dad, in front of my class, explaining with his hands and fingers how wolves meet and mate with each other.

Kids…

Michael Rothman

Co-Founder, CEO at Fatherly

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