Brooklyn-based duo Samantha Nzessi and Remoy Philip invite you into their sometimes loud but necessary banter on masculinity. Hear Samantha and Remoy discuss topics like what masculinity means to our society, whether masculinity has actually been good to men, or even how the latest movie, TV and sports trends are helping or hurting the gender, and everyone else by extension. Also listen as a variety of guests—experts in the fields of gender studies, activists, or even everyday guys—stop by the pod to chat about subjects like ‘woke feminism’ or the men's rights movement. Listen week to week as Samantha, Remoy, et. al., invite (cis/trans/hetero/gay) men to take off the MASK that is masculinity, and do so from distinct yet connected perspectives. Let’s get into it
RIP Kobe: Complexity of MASKulinity?
Samantha and Remoy return on the airwaves to talk about Kobe Bryant and his passing. Some people are sad; some people are mad that he's being revered so much, given his rape charge. We talk about the complexity of this news and why people are in their feelings. Samantha and Remoy offer different perspectives on this one, delving into competition, how we've come to understand it as a society. Why is Mamba mentality so attractive, yet emblatic of maskulinity? Let us know what you think after you tune in!
UnMASKing the Workplace
The Workplace Module continues...This week, Jason Rosario, founder and creative director of the Lives of Men stops by! He shares his work with companies championing healthy manhood publicly and behind closed doors. Jason shares how his quest for whole manhood has him share his vulnerability so that other men can as well in work and in life. We look at how we can create diverse environments that actually unlock diverse input rather than just checking a box and scratch at competition versus collaboration.
All Work, No Play: the Maskuline Way
*New Module Alert* We are talking about the workplace for a bit! In this intro episode, we're scratching the surface and getting the facts on who's in charge at work. We explore the concept of masculinity contest culture and how it manifests. We ask why we associate leadership with masculinity and whether it's actually helpful to have mostly men executives heading companies. We talk to some New Yorkers about leadership in the workplace! Tune in!
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Exploring Commonalities in Addiction, a Mini Field Study
This week, Samantha and Remoy have the pleasure of speaking with three open folks about their relationships to addiction and masculinity. How do expectations of strength and stoicism create isolation, and isolated suffering? What does it look like to care about someone who is dealing with addiction? We explore the different facets of recovery and how our relationships to our own vulnerability can hold us back.
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Figure It Out: the Connection between Masculinity and Addiction
We are still talking about addiction this week. We connect with Dennis Shinski, one of the subjects from Digging in the Dirt, a documentary by the CBC, which examines addiction and masculinity in the oil rig industry. Dennis shares his experience dealing with the consumption subculture of the industry and how 'figuring it out' rather than asking for help led him down the path of addiction.
Be sure to check out the trailer! https://vimeo.com/354994698
It's World Mental Health Day!
Addiction: Men Are Twice as Likely, with Justin Lioi and Other New Yorkers
Onto the next module: addiction. Men are twice as likely to be addicted to substances as women are. This week, we start by with the hard facts connecting MASKulinity and addiction. Justin Lioi unpacks how substance use compensates for men not being taught to express their full humanity. We follow it up with New York City residents lending their voices to the conversation: how expectations on men can lead to addiction. Finally, Remoy drops the mask and shares his own experience. This is one for the books.
Loved this diverse exploration of masculinity
This show examines a variety of ways masculinity is expressed, both good and bad. Although i never particularly identified with male culture, i never really stopped to think about it either.
This pocast has helped me to see commonalities i share with other men, and how ive perpetuated the Mask unaware.
The hosts Samantha and Remoy are super charming and engaging. i cant wait for the next series to come out!
samantha and remoy tackle tough and critical topics around identity and how the perception of what masculinity is affects us all. this is important work and everyone can learn and benefit from it!
Don’t sleep on this, bruh.
How’d I miss this pod for 6+ months? These conversations are in-depth and engrossing. I’m loving these takes on masculinity and how it effects everyone involved. A+
Looking forward to season 2