Sports, beards, and muscles. Are these what it means to be a man?

Joel Stein thinks perhaps not.

On Oct. 10, the Issues Committee will host author and journalist Joel Stein in the UC Auditorium at 7 p.m for a lecture titled "Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity."

Known for his humorous writing, Stein will explore "masculine identities" and the trials of raising a son in the 21st century.

"This would be an important event for students to attend because Joel Stein offers an entertaining way to look at masculinity in a new light," said Thomas Carpenter, social media director for the Issues Committee.

After attending Stanford University, Stein began his career as a writer and researcher for Martha Stewart Living before eventually joining the staff at TIME Magazine.

Since then, his work has appeared in nationally known publications including The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and GQ. Stein has also worked in television, co-producing three pilot episodes for various networks and writing and producing for the sitcom "Crumbs."

In 2012, Stein published "Man Made" and has often referred to himself as a "gay man trapped in a straight man's body."

Carpenter said he views Stein's visit as a way for UT to break societal stereotypes not only for men, but for all genders and sexual orientations.

"Stein challenges many of the social norms we have grown to accept," Carpenter said, "but does so in a way all of us can relate to."

Jared Glenn, a junior in marketing, agrees that the upcoming lecture will be beneficial for those pursuing careers in writing.

"I really think students and faculty alike can gain insight on becoming better writers, not just for journalism, but for other forms of media, such as television series and sports writing," Glenn said. "Mr. Stein is very talented and has had a wide variety of different media and writing aspects throughout his career.

"There is really something every student can gain by listening to his guest appearance."