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The Imperfect Pod is a forum for discussing masculinity more intentionally and purposefully. As I've gotten older, I've realized how much masculinity has become a prominent topic within society. It gets a lot of hate - specifically around the language of toxic masculinity. However, I believe that masculinity, done correctly, is a source of good within society. That doesn't mean that the current stage of masculinity is acceptable - men can be better - but the conversations need to be had. As such, my podcast is a platform where I engage with men of all ages, races, genders and beliefs to share their vulnerabilities and ideas of masculinity. My goal is to build generations of men who love themselves, and others, more deeply and healthily, whatever that means to them. What I want to leave my listeners with after every episode is that there isn't this one-size-fits all idea of masculinity. Nor is the solution to the current state easy. But if we work together and have these conversations, maybe we can see that we're on the right track. Topics of this show include family, relationships, pornography, sex, gender, masculinity, toxic masculinity, growth, addiction and much much more. Noted guests include Jason Lee, Erik Everhard, Marques Ogden and more!

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The Imperfect Pod is a forum for discussing masculinity more intentionally and purposefully. As I've gotten older, I've realized how much masculinity has become a prominent topic within society. It gets a lot of hate - specifically around the language of toxic masculinity. However, I believe that masculinity, done correctly, is a source of good within society. That doesn't mean that the current stage of masculinity is acceptable - men can be better - but the conversations need to be had. As such, my podcast is a platform where I engage with men of all ages, races, genders and beliefs to share their vulnerabilities and ideas of masculinity. My goal is to build generations of men who love themselves, and others, more deeply and healthily, whatever that means to them. What I want to leave my listeners with after every episode is that there isn't this one-size-fits all idea of masculinity. Nor is the solution to the current state easy. But if we work together and have these conversations, maybe we can see that we're on the right track. Topics of this show include family, relationships, pornography, sex, gender, masculinity, toxic masculinity, growth, addiction and much much more. Noted guests include Jason Lee, Erik Everhard, Marques Ogden and more!

    Eradicating Gender-Based and Domestic Violence with Communication and Forgiveness | Lois Wagner

    Eradicating Gender-Based and Domestic Violence with Communication and Forgiveness | Lois Wagner

    On‌ ‌this‌ ‌episode,‌ ‌my‌ guest‌ ‌is‌ Lois Wagner and‌ ‌we‌ ‌talk‌ ‌about‌‌ ‌her goal to eradicate sexual violence, her BRAVE model, her rape story, and more‌.‌ Lois helps rape victims move from victim to survivor to thriver. She guides people to build their resilience and grit, to develop a growth mindset, to energize their mojo, and learn to forgive. She does this via one-on-one coaching, group masterminds, and keynote presentations Her work is based on her personal major adversities and life experiences. Lois was attacked, raped, and left for dead, she was forced into retirement, and experienced many other challenges. Lois learned to forgive (she forgave the rapist, which we talk about on this episode) and to move on to a more rewarding and fulfilling life. Lois has written a book – Walking Without Skin: A Journey of Healing – From Fear to Forgiveness to Freedom. She has developed a program – B.R.A.V.E (which we also discuss) which is designed to fight toxic masculinity and eradicate gender-based and domestic violence.
    You can find out more about Lois on her website, walkingwithoutskin.com, her Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/www.walkingwithoutskin/ (Walking Without Skin - All About Forgiveness), her Twitter, @https://twitter.com/loiswag (loiswag), her Instagram, @https://www.instagram.com/lois_wagner_/ (lois_wagner_) and YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/c/LoisWagnerCoachingConversationsforChange (Lois Wagner - Coaching Conversations for Change).
    As it’s currently the last week of Movember, a month about men’s mental health, I thought this would be an important episode to share with you during this time. Here is a link to my friend Gautham’s https://ca.movember.com/mospace/13453409?mc=1andutm_medium=shareandutm_source=dynamicandutm_campaign=copy-clipboard (Movember fundraiser link) should you be interested in donating. You can also check out Gautham’s episode which is literally episode number one of this podcast! He's raised a lot of money so far. Let's get him even further!

    • 55 min
    #53 | Discussing the Interconnection of The Arts, Masculinity and Mental Health | Johnny Crowder

    #53 | Discussing the Interconnection of The Arts, Masculinity and Mental Health | Johnny Crowder

    On this episode, my guest is Johnny Crowder and we talk about mental health in men, breaking masculine stereotypes, how he defines manhood and what his journey in the arts taught him about masculinity. Johnny is a 28-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, mental health and sobriety advocate, and the Founder and CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries across the globe. With 10 years of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from UCF, and a full decade of peer support and advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) under his belt, Johnny’s youthful vigor for the topic of mental health is unmatched. Whether speaking at events or touring with his band (Prison), Johnny’s infectious positivity and firsthand experience with mental illness (ranging from bipolar disorder and OCD to schizophrenia) uniquely equip him to provide realistic, yet hopeful insight into the pains of hardship with authenticity, levity, and wit.
    If you are interested in trying out cope notes, please use this link and use the code imperfect for 10% off of ANY subscription for LIFE!
    You can connect or follow Johnny on https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnnycrowder/ (LinkedIn), on IG at https://www.instagram.com/johnnycrowderlovesyou/ (JohnnyCrowderLovesYou), on https://www.facebook.com/johnnyxcrowder (Facebook) or visit his website copenotes.com. You can also watch Johnny's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56Zb_TLhPOwandt=174sandab_channel=TEDxTalks (powerful TEDx Talk) and email him directly at johnny@copenotes.com.
    As it’s currently Movember and a month about men’s mental health, I thought this would be an important episode to share with you during this time. Here is a link to my friend Gautham’s https://ca.movember.com/mospace/13453409?mc=1andutm_medium=shareandutm_source=dynamicandutm_campaign=copy-clipboard (Movember fundraiser link) should you be interested in donating. You can also check out Gautham’s episode which is literally episode number one of this podcast!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #52 | How To Have Conversations About Mental Health and Suicide With Your Male Friends | Jay Shifman

    #52 | How To Have Conversations About Mental Health and Suicide With Your Male Friends | Jay Shifman

    How do you have conversations with your guy friends about mental health? How do you ask them if they're feeling suicidal? Do men even have mental health problems? These are questions that I've asked myself and others and a lot of the times it's the same answer... "I don't know". Well today, that changes! On this episode, my guest is Jay Shifman and we talk about substance abuse vs misuse, mental health in male communities, why it’s hard for men to open up, why we need to have conversations about suicide and what society can do to make it easier for men to have these conversations. It's a heavy conversation but it's really important.
    As it’s currently Movember and a month about men’s mental health, I thought this would be an important episode to share with you during this time. Here is a link to my friend Gautham’s https://ca.movember.com/mospace/13453409?mc=1andutm_medium=shareandutm_source=dynamicandutm_campaign=copy-clipboard (Movember fundraiser link) should you be interested in donating. You can also check out Gautham’s episode which is literally episode number one of this podcast!
    As for Jay, you can connect with him on FB at https://www.facebook.com/ChooseYourStruggle (ChooseYourStruggle), on IG at https://www.instagram.com/jayshifman/ (JayShifman), on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayshifman/ (Jay Shifman) and website https://www.jayshifman.com/ (jayshifman.com).
    If you like the episode, make sure to press subscribe, follow, leave a review and message me on Instagram @theimperfectpod or email me at Luke@theimperfect pod. I always always want to hear from my listeners and continue the conversation!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Just the TIP | How To Have Conversations With Men About Masculinity

    Just the TIP | How To Have Conversations With Men About Masculinity

    The language and approach you take when you have conversations with men about masculinity is important. You have to be effective, you can't just try to be right. You may have to talk about the patriarchy vs feminism. You may need to ask them question to probe at their defense mechanism. But mostly important, you need to empathize with their pain.
    As a reminder, you can sign up for Next Gen Men's next event on masculinity and substance abuse here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/next-gen-men-circle-talks-masculinity-substance-use-tickets-127390760193 (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/next-gen-men-circle-talks-masculinity-substance-use-tickets-127390760193)
    Also, it's Movember, and my buddy Gautham is raising money! I donated $50 and it would be great to have more of the Imperfect community work to raise money for his cause. Movember is an organization that raises money to change the narrative around mental health for men. You can https://movember.com/m/13453409?mc=1 (donate to his fund here).

    • 11 min
    #51 | How Next Gen Men Is Leading Conversations Around Gender, Masculinity and the Patriarchy | Jake Stika

    #51 | How Next Gen Men Is Leading Conversations Around Gender, Masculinity and the Patriarchy | Jake Stika

    Next Gen Men is redefining what ‘manhood’ means, so that boys and men experience less pain and cause less harm. That is their vision and their mission and it ties in really well to what I'm trying to do with this podcast. On this episode, we discuss the work he’s doing at Next Gen Men, how the patriarchy hurts men, the journey of a young boy, cancel culture vs consequence culture, unlearning, the importance of nuance in these conversations and much much more. You can learn more on their website linked above, and follow them on social media @nextgenmen on https://twitter.com/nextgenmen (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/nextgenmen/ (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/nextgenmen (Facebook). You can also sign up for their next event for men and the connection to substance abuse here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/next-gen-men-circle-talks-masculinity-substance-use-tickets-127390760193 (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/next-gen-men-circle-talks-masculinity-substance-use-tickets-127390760193)
    More about Jake: As Next Gen Men's Executive Director, Jake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces.
    Jake was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He has spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation, and participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum. He is also a proud advisor to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Canadian Women and Sport, as well as the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter.
    Also, it's Movember, and my buddy Gautham is raising money! I donated $50 and it would be great to have more of the Imperfect community work to raise money for his cause. Movember is an organization that raises money to change the narrative around mental health for men. You can https://movember.com/m/13453409?mc=1 (donate to his fund here).

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Just the TIP | Why I Think Men Vote For Trump In The Election

    Just the TIP | Why I Think Men Vote For Trump In The Election

    Just the TIP is back for the second time with my analysis of why men, and more specifically white men, vote for Trump in the election and how we need to have more useful conversations about the entire thing. Feel free to check out this https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/23/opinion/sunday/gender-gap-2020-election.html (opinion article) about it from the New York Times too.

    • 18 min

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Genuine content.

Luke has a great way of showing up for his guest in a genuine way.

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Fantastic Show!

Luke is an amazing host! Always finds interesting guests with different perspectives! Love the subject matter of manhood! These conversations are so needed these days!

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Luke has taken this podcasts leaps and bounds from when it started back in 2019, and I can’t wait to see where he fosters it further.

He does a great job of guiding the conversation and provokes interesting dives into spaces of masculinity not often explored, much less with candor. Listen for relaxed-paced discussions on the male perspective that everyone can learn from.

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