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A Time Magazine Top 50 podcast: “The show serves an important purpose: Encouraging men and women to enter a productive dialogue with one another”. Hosted by Nas and Dan (aka Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll).
https://www.thegenderknot.com/

The Gender Knot Nastaran Tavakoli-Far

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 61 Ratings

A Time Magazine Top 50 podcast: “The show serves an important purpose: Encouraging men and women to enter a productive dialogue with one another”. Hosted by Nas and Dan (aka Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll).
https://www.thegenderknot.com/

    Victim blaming: how to not do it and how to be supportive instead

    Victim blaming: how to not do it and how to be supportive instead

    We’re back with a bonus hiatus episode and we’re talking about victim blaming, especially as it pertains to sexual assault. This is when a victim of an alleged assault is blamed, ranging from being asked what they were wearing, if they’d drunk alcohol, all the way to people not believing their story. Sometimes friends also don’t know how to handle the situation so either engage in victim blaming or simply disappear.



    Nas recently made a documentary exploring the reasons behind victim blaming, and interviewed the NY Times’ Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who broke the Harvey Weinstein story, as well as Gender Knot favourites Dr Mithu Sanyal and Dr Jackson Katz. Check it out here for background: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csyv0q



    In this episode Nas and Dan talk about ways we can help victims instead. We’d also like to know your experiences if you’ve been in this scenario, as either a victim or someone being told of an assault, and any tips you have for how to help victims.



    We also talk about an excellent podcast from Slate you should check out called Man Up... check it out here: https://slate.com/podcasts/man-up



    We’re on hiatus and will be back with a new season in March. Keep writing to us until then.





    Hosts:

    Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll



    Producers:

    Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell



    Write to us at: thegenderknot@gmail.com



    https://www.thegenderknot.com/





    Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

    • 32 min
    Liz Plank: are we too mean about men?

    Liz Plank: are we too mean about men?

    We close season 6 with journalist Liz Plank. She’s just written a book about mindful masculinity and tells us about the general scripts we have about men and if these help or hinder our wider conversations. We then delve into her thoughts more.

    We will be back with a new season in March 2020, and will pop up for some bonus episodes in January and February – share the show, leave reviews and write to us until then! And happy 2020!

    Guest:
    Liz Plank, journalist and author of ‘For the Love of Men: a vision for mindful masculinity’ http://www.elizabethplank.com/

    Hosts:
    Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll

    Co-producers:
    Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell

    Write to us at: thegenderknot@gmail.com

    https://www.thegenderknot.com/

    Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

    • 50 min
    Apologies – final round

    Apologies – final round

    We revisit this important topic just once more to really hammer out the purpose of an apology and some dos and don’ts.

    We get some tips and insight from Harriet Lerner’s book ‘Why won’t you apologize?’ https://amzn.to/38hWsBz

    As well as some wisdom from Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s powerful twitter threads which you can delve into further here http://bit.ly/344bnMg and here http://bit.ly/38nOszc

    Hosts:
    Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll

    Co-producers:
    Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell

    Additional links:
    Write to us at thegenderknot@gmail.com
    www.thegenderknot.com

    Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

    • 25 min
    Esther Perel on what women can do

    Esther Perel on what women can do

    We talk a lot about what men can be doing right now, but we revisit a chat with Esther Perel on what women can be doing right now, and how we can all best be allies to one another.

    Guest:
    Esther Perel, therapist, author of ‘Mating in Captivity’ and ‘The State of Affairs’, host of the podcasts Where Should We Begin? and How’s work?

    Hosts:
    Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll

    Co-producers:
    Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell

    Additional links:
    Write to us at thegenderknot@gmail.com
    www.thegenderknot.com

    Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

    • 42 min
    Consent with Ellen Friedrichs

    Consent with Ellen Friedrichs

    Everyone’s talking more about consent but where does this start? Educator Ellen Frederichs joins us to chat about how consent starts with kids and why we all need to be more specific about our experiences.

    Guest:
    Ellen Frederichs, educator and author of ‘Good Sexual Citizenship: how to create a (sexually) safer world” https://www.sexedvice.com/good-sexual-citizenship

    Hosts:
    Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll

    Producers:
    Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell

    Write to us at: thegenderknot@gmail.com

    https://www.thegenderknot.com/

    Patreon page – support the podcast for the cost of a coffee!
    https://www.patreon.com/thegenderknot

    Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

    • 31 min
    Apologies with Hussein Kesvani

    Apologies with Hussein Kesvani

    Journalist Hussein Kesvani writes a lot about the internet, and about masculinity, and about the intersection of the two. He recently interviewed people about apologies in a piece for The Huffington Post, focusing on men and their understanding of an apology and if many men have been taught how to give one.

    He was inspired after Aziz Ansari’s attempt at one with his recent Netflix show ‘Right Now’, which is when we at The Gender Knot also delved into this same question a few weeks ago.

    He joins us to explore this further, and we also re-visit Eve Ensler’s book ‘The Apology’ during our conversation.

    Check out Hussein's article on men and apologies for the Huffington Post http://bit.ly/2CSjn8g

    Guest:
    Hussein Kesvani: journalist, Europe editor at Mel magazine, and author of 'Follow me, Akhi: the online world of British Muslims' - buy it here: https://amzn.to/2OnMgOK and more on Hussein here: https://twitter.com/HKesvani

    Hosts:
    Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll

    Co-producers:
    Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell

    Additional links:
    Write to us at thegenderknot@gmail.com
    www.thegenderknot.com

    Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Afgslug ,

Amazing Show!

This show has tackles the #MeToo era better than anything I've found. They are excellent for both women and men in navigating the current conversations and challenges around gender and power in our society. Highly recommend it!

jh4rdy ,

Leading a Conversation about Gender

I discovered The Gender Knot over the summer while I was searching for podcasts that discussed masculinity specifically, especially if connected to gender-based violence prevention, and caught up on the series quickly. There are only a handful of podcasts available that I found on masculinity, and (without sounding overly critical) many of them seem to fall short in a lot of ways--having an unstable platform for discussion, only one person, being seduced by the problems we've seen in previous men's liberation movements, recounting views upholding patriarchy without self-reflexive commentary, and so on. So, I was relieved to find TGK because it offers more insight and entry into what is a difficult conversation for many, while holding some of these other components. I also really appreciate the platform of an open invitation into the conversation, and I think Nas does an exceptional job at this. To me, this positions the podcast really well to have impactful conversations that leads in a really important way right now.

StephT88 ,

Fun Listen on Thought Provoking Topics

Can’t recommend this enough. The podcast discusses so many interesting questions we all have, and some I didn’t even think of, about what it means to be a modern man or woman in society. This is a must-listen for anyone trying to navigate the tricky world of gender politics in the 21st century, with two co-hosts that make you feel so comfortable, it’s almost as if you’re in the living room talking with them.

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