So I want to kick this off with a podcast I listened to yesterday while working on my PhD database. It came via a recommendation from a friend. The podcast is called What’s Good, Man? and is absolutely worth an hour of your time every two weeks.
Tony “the Scribe” Williams and Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre have come together to create a podcast that creates a space to talk about masculinity and it’s problems.
This is timely for me. I am currently consuming endless books and journal articles on manliness and masculinity in the eighteenth century and so it seems logical to consider how these things have changed. That is the point of a humanities education after all (in my eyes) – it is a chance to learn more about the world around us from unexpected sources.
I’ve listened to episode 1 (What’s Wrong With Masculinity?) and this episode so far. Number 2 is on my list for today while I work on my Reynolds image database some more.
I do think it’s great that this podcast is being created. Talking about masculinity is really hard, there aren’t many spaces to do it, and it goes against everything that traditional masculinity has taught men (open up, talk about your feelings, make a difference, etc.).
Episode 1 was great. It really laid out the issues that they were going to tackle and it was a considered opening to the series. There were some basic thoughts about masculinity and feminism and I really enjoyed their take on it (and their presenting style).
Episode 3 I was less sure about. I don’t know if perhaps it’s because I’d not listened to the first two episodes first and jumped right in, or because it’s just really difficult to talk about men’s place in and their relationship to the feminist movement.
I think that what it comes down to is that I have a different outlook on feminism and men’s place in it to the two presenters. And that’s ok because feminism is a diverse movement with no leader and no ‘correct’ way to do it.
This podcast did, kind of, set off some of the things that irritate me, coming from a decade of being told how to do feminism by men. The presenters’ focus is very much on how to mobilize as many people as possible for the good of the feminist movement and that’s not really my jam, so of course, some things are likely to rub me up the wrong way (just as I’m sure I would rub them up the wrong way).
But that’s ok. I welcome different people doing feminism in their own way, as long as they don’t expect me to do my feminism differently. Feminism is a big canopy with room for plenty of different approaches. And what works in one community doesn’t necessarily work well in another.
Let’s just get equality, yeah?
Here’s the link to the homepage of the podcast. I really do urge you to listen to it.