18 episodes

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 nowandmen@gmail.com.

Now and Men Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse

    • Society & Culture

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 nowandmen@gmail.com.

    Dan Boyden (Safe Ground) - Reimagining Masculinities in the Prison System

    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.

    • 59 min
    Dr Stacey Pope - Building Gender Equality in Football

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Sé Franklin - Older Men, Masculinities in Ireland, and ‘Inner Work’

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Luis Lineo - Masculinity, the War in Ukraine, and Refugees: Swedish Responses

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Prof Nicole Westmarland - Men’s Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls

    Prof Nicole Westmarland - Men’s Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls

    Some men are playing an active part in speaking out against violence towards women – but not nearly enough of them. So how do those men who are involved in anti-violence activism come to that position, and what can we learn from their experiences? One year on from the murder of Sarah Everard, these questions remain as urgent as ever.

    • 54 min
    Prof Raewyn Connell - Making Sense of Men and Masculinities in the 21st Century

    Prof Raewyn Connell - Making Sense of Men and Masculinities in the 21st Century

    There is probably no one who has had as big an impact on understandings of men and masculinities as Professor Raewyn Connell, who recently received the International Sociological Association's Award for Excellence in Research and Practice in recognition of her enormous contribution to social science. It was therefore a huge privilege to talk to Raewyn for this episode of Now and Men. We look back at some of her earliest work and the development of her hugely influential theory of hegemonic masculinity, and consider its relevance to today. In the process, we cover issues including war, Covid, environmentalism, backlash, and her own life history.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

C13Originals | Team Downey
Wondery
This American Life
iHeartPodcasts
Glennon Doyle & Cadence13
Emma Chamberlain and Ramble

You Might Also Like

The Guardian
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4