Welcome to Being a Woman… For Men. A show where a guy, me, Ethan Banville, talks to women about obstacles they’ve faced in their lives and careers just for being women. Don’t worry, dudes and bros, this show isn’t a bunch of angry people screaming into a microphone. It’s a casual, funny and informative hour where I talk with executives, comedians, teachers, writers, lingerie makers, athletes and more who share life experiences that women don’t normally share with men. That’s right, we’ve got the secrets! The keys to forming stronger peer relationships with the opposite sex! And ladies, we’ve got amazing guests with relatable stories that you’ll love, too! You are not alone!
"Surviving An Attempted Murder, Being Forced To Resign For Being Pregnant, and How Adversity Is What Makes Us Stronger"
"Blissfully retired" English teacher Lou Rocket comes on the podcast to share her gripping story of how her ex-husband tried to kill her and how she survived. Showing the true strength of a great parent, she was back to work one month after the incident, and went on to continue her career as one of the most respected teachers in Fall River, Massachusetts. She tells us of her early career, how she was forced to resign at 7 months pregnant, and how she worked her way back in to teaching when her intuition told her she would need to be independent from her then husband at sometime in the future.
"The Forgotten First Female Director, Cutting Out Misogynists From Your Circle, And How Living All Over The World Opens You To Other Cultures"
Producer/Director Pamela B. Green comes on the podcast to talk about her upcoming documentary, "Be Real" that covers the life and epic career of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female director in narrative film. We talk about Pam's long career designing and producing titles for movies we all know and love and how in her research she discovered the mystery of how a woman like Alice Guy could make one thousand movies and be forgotten by the world. Pamela's a great lover of history and her passion for Alice comes through as she gives us a few teasers of the upcoming documentary.
"Telling Stories With Deep Meaning, How Women Are Treated In Other Parts Of The World, And How Women Directors Up The Quality Of Films Through Competition"
In a great and informative episode, award-winning Writer/Director Mary-Lyn Chambers comes on the podcast. We discuss her time growing up below the equator, why she likes to tell true-life based stories in her films, and how having rational conversations instead of screaming matches can help us work together to end sexism.
"Alienating Guys With Comedy, Living With Lyme Disease, And The Importance of Platonic Friendships"
Writer, director and performer, Traci Weintraub comes on the podcast to talk about how being funnier than your date can cause issues with men, what it's like to not be believed by doctors when you're sick and how she's living with Lyme disease. Traci shares her stories and recent journey to discovering her illness and how she's dealing with it with a supportive family and some outstanding friends.
"Building A Resource For Victims, Coping With The Worst of Men, and Educating Future Generations"
Donna Christie comes on the podcast to talk about the work she's done for decades, working with victims of sexual assault in the Niagara region. What started as a small three person staff has grown over the years into a service that covers the entire Niagara area, including the always busy Niagara Falls. Her work with education programs works to educate all generations how to stop events from happening and report them when they do. It's a great conversation that gives a snapshot of the extent of assaults on women in this world.
"Experiencing Cultural Differences In Women's Roles, Working With Supportive Men, and How Society Judges You For Not Being Married With Children"
On this week's episode of Being A Woman... For Men we talk with Alicia Bartley, a lawyer who works in property law, working with developers, community groups and government agencies. Amazingly smart, driven and a textbook example of a great work/life balance, Alicia shares her story of how she found her way into law, how she chose a smaller firm over a large, competitive one, and how she participates in endurance sports as a way of refueling for work and life. It's a great interview with someone with a great sense of what's important in life who discovered what she wanted and wasn't afraid of the societal pressures that would try to tell her otherwise.
Being a Woman for Men
I was one of the guests on Ethan's podcast with my mother and we both are so honored to have been included in this series. Ethan is an extremely intelligent, warm man whose open mindedness should be heard by all!
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Love this show! It's nice to hear a guy talking with women about these issues!