What does it mean to be a man?
All men, straight, gay, or bi, experience this question in one way or another. Undoubtedly, trans men will have given this considerable thought as well. We live in a time when 'what it means to be a man' is a topic of much public discussion. The answer however is ultimately a personal one for each of us.
We are likely to revisit this question time and again, in our teens, early adulthood, middle age, and later years. The answer is not exactly presented clearly to any of us and it will probably not remain the same throughout one's lifetime. Inter-generational conversations among men are a good way to gain perspective and perhaps gain insight into the role of our current understanding, and of what might lie ahead. With that in mind, I regularly converse with men in different decades of life, from their 20s to 80s, and keep their diverse perspectives in mind when speaking with clients.
A "Male-Friendly" approach means respecting your masculinity, that is, respecting how you've answered that question for yourself. Your answer doesn't need to be challenged unless it is part of what you want to talk about. In other words, you're your own man, on your own terms.