What's it like to be a man in the 21st century? How are feminist issues relevant to men and boys? These questions are being discussed more than ever.
Our monthly podcast delves into these issues with experts such as practitioners, activists and academics. In each episode, you’ll hear in-depth conversations about masculinity, gender equality, and the lives of men and boys, with topics ranging from preventing violence against women, to promoting active fatherhood, to supporting men's health.
The podcast is created and hosted by Dr Stephen Burrell, Sandy Ruxton and Professor Nicole Westmarland, who are researchers from the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), in the Department of Sociology at Durham University in the UK. If you would like to give us your feedback, suggest a guest, or have a question you'd like us to discuss in a future episode, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Jade Levell - Boys, Domestic Abuse and Gang Involvement - Eliciting Men’s Stories Through Music
What impact does domestic abuse have on boys when growing up? Why is it that so many young men involved in gangs have experienced domestic abuse in the home as children? If the boundaries between being a ‘perpetrator’ and a ‘victim’ of violence are not always as clear cut as we might think, what implications does this have for trying to prevent violence from happening in the first place? We explore these challenging questions and more with Dr Jade Levell.
Sebastián Molano (Oxfam America) – Men at Work, Men at Home: Advancing Feminist Social Change
We speak to Sebastián Molano from Oxfam America about his experience of facilitating a men-identified group in the workplace addressing masculinity and intersectional feminism. We also discuss his own experiences of being a dad, Roe vs Wade, and Colombia's recent election of its first left-wing president after decades of conflict.
Dan Boyden (Safe Ground) - Reimagining Masculinities in the Prison System
Prisons can be hyper-masculine, harsh, hierarchical environments where there is a lot of pressure to be tough, never show weakness or emotion, and be prepared to use violence in order to survive. But is it possible to work with men in these spaces to unpack the rigid, restrictive expectations of masculinity that boys and men learn from wider society – and which might have played a part in why they are in prison in the first place? We talk to Dan Boyden, lead facilitator at Safe Ground, about how they do this in their work.
Dr Stacey Pope - Building Gender Equality in Football
The surging interest in Euro 2022, the Women’s European Championships taking place in England this summer, provides more evidence that we are in a ‘new age’ when it comes to coverage of women’s football. It highlights that much has been achieved in building gender equality in soccer in the UK and beyond. However, numerous recent issues, from questionable stadium choices to high-profile cases of sexual and domestic violence by male players, demonstrate there is still a long way to go, particularly in getting more men to speak out against sexism and misogyny in the game.
Sé Franklin - Older Men, Masculinities in Ireland, and ‘Inner Work’
Many older men, especially those who are socially isolated, face significant challenges – from physical ill-health, to loneliness, to marginalisation and poverty. These struggles can be compounded by the ‘hard shell’ of masculinity, which can leave some older men feeling a loss of a sense of purpose and potency, and prevent them from opening up about their vulnerabilities or the need for connection and support. Yet growing older can also provide opportunities for reflection, taking life in new directions, and leaving behind restrictive gendered expectations. In this episode, we have a moving conversation with Sé Franklin about the work he does with older men in Ireland – as well as the profound impact of doing ‘inner work’ guided by feminist principles.
Luis Lineo - Masculinity, the War in Ukraine, and Refugees: Swedish Responses
Luis Lineo was born in Ukraine to Chilean parents, and was raised there by a single mother. He moved to Sweden at the age of 12 as a refugee. As an adult, he became involved in work on masculinity, violence, and gender equality. We speak to him about the impact of watching on as his country of birth is invaded, and why masculinity and gender matter in the war on Ukraine. We also explore issues of inequality, integration, and violence in contemporary Sweden, and why Swedish society is more complicated than the beacon of gender equality it is often perceived to be.