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On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, family, sex, and identity, trying to understand their experiences to help listeners make more sense of their own.

Man Up | Masculinity, Race, and Relationships in the Modern World Slate Magazine

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2, 241 Ratings

On Man Up, host Aymann Ismail invites men and women to tell embarrassing, funny, and sometimes disturbing stories about their lives as they try to figure out what they still have to learn—and unlearn—about being a man. They’ll talk relationships, family, sex, and identity, trying to understand their experiences to help listeners make more sense of their own.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
241 Ratings

241 Ratings

Travis from the MN ,

Wonderful dissection of masculinity

It could be argued that there is no more toxic force in our culture than the expectations that have been put on men regarding emotions, entitlement, treatment of women, lack of introspection, etc. I love that there has begun to be a shift in culture around that recently. This podcast does an admirable job of approaching topics with openness and honesty. My one gripe? This generation of radio/podcast hosts can’t get through a conversational sentence without at least one “like“, and sometimes its overuse borders on farce. But get past that and this is an awesome podcast.

HangzhouHarry ,

Aymann Ismail makes sense of the world

He is charming and funny with a quick wit and wry sense of humor. But don’t be fooled — he’s also very smart and observant. Even topics that might sound familiar or simple get illuminated with new valence and meanings. Also succinct-even byte-sized episodes are rich and nutritious!!! Everything here tastes great!!!

Sam from HTown ,

Thoughtful and important!

Aymann, just wanted to let you know this has become one of my favorite podcasts that I look forward to! I used to work in academia doing gender and masculinities related work, including coordinating a program for college-aged men to explore the impact of masculinity on the self and others. The conversations you have on Man Up completely capture the types of thought exercises we hoped to stimulate! I love how you balance your own experiences with interviewing peers and experts and it’s very real— not “p.c.” or stuffy, or heady... its very approachable and the topics are so relevant. Love how you include women’s perspectives (but keep men at the focus), queer men, men of different races, etc. keep up the great work!

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