The Gender Knot Season 2
 

Season 2

 
 

Masculinity Crisis? Mark Manson weighs in

Mark Manson

Mark Manson

We’re gearing up for our first live show next week, so are replaying one of our favourite episodes from season 1.

Mark Manson is a self-development expert and the author of the book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’.  He writes about how to improve your career, relationships and life in general. He told us about the so-called masculinity crisis that is going on right now; whether it exists, and if so what the crisis is exactly. He also tells us about the struggles of masculinity and how to make it healthier.

Guest

Mark Manson, author of ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’

Men and feelings: what’s the deal?

Rotimi Akinsete and Shad Tembo

Rotimi Akinsete and Shad Tembo

Many men seem to struggle with expressing their feelings, and with generally dealing with their feelings in the first place. It’s a complaint women often have, but how much truth is there to this? What’s the deal with men and their feelings? Why do so many men struggle, and what can be done about it?

Guests

Rotimi Akinsete, psychotherapist, Director of Wellbeing at the University of Surrey, Founder of Black Men on the Couch

Shad Tembo, early years teacher, leadership team at the Bristol Men in Early Years Network

Does gender shape business?

Charles Michel, Alain de Botton, and Emma Sexton

Charles Michel, Alain de Botton, and Emma Sexton

The world of work was mostly made by men for men. As more women enter and rise through the economy, there’s a lot of dissatisfaction and discussion about how things are done; why is everything about achievement? Is making money really the be all and end all? And what’s the obsession with competition anyway?

Many women are forming their own ways of working to suit how they want to do business, which brings forth the question: does gender shape business?

Guests:

Alain de Botton, writer, philosopher, founder of The School of Life 

Emma Sexton, founder of Make Your Words Work, co-founder of Flock Global and co-host of Badass Women’s Hour

Charles Michel, cook 

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Are women too compassionate? 

Lindsey Adler

Lindsey Adler

Being understanding, empathetic, seeing the other side of the story, being compassionate: these are many very classic feminine traits. But the upside of someone who is too compassionate is often also someone who lets others walk all over them, or someone who doesn’t hold other people accountable for poor behaviour.

Women are often expected to be compassionate and to keep the peace in social situations. Why is this, and what are the consequences if they don’t? And should women simply stop being so compassionate if they want to live more fulfilled lives and help others too?

Guests

Lindsey Adler, journalist

Elizabeth Gray, Jungian Analyst

Links

Lindsey Adler’s article: ‘Harvey Weinstein wouldn’t take no for an answer’

Lindsey Adler’s article: ‘Why would this time be any different?’

The Broad Experience podcast: ‘2018: a year for women?’

Can Men fail?

Dizraeli

Dizraeli

The pressure to achieve is often a big deal for men across many cultures. Notions of success and failure are closely tied in with masculinity. At the same time, the past decade has seen huge changes in the global economy, and together with the rise of women, many men are losing their places in society.

An MC and a teacher help us delve into this question of whether men can fail, a question that is key to so many men’s personal lives, as well as the big social and political changes taking place right now.

Guests

Dizraeli, MC and poet

Alice, teacher

can we get self-worth from sex?

Rose and Gail Reid

Rose and Gail Reid

We explore some differing experiences: from a young man who tried to get respect from men through sleeping with women, to sex in a long term monogamous relationship, to the in-betweens. And can we ever really get self-worth from sex in the first place?

Guests

Matt

Rose and Gail Reid, hosts of the podcast Details Please

How can men Best help feminism? 

Jackson Katz

Jackson Katz

We kick of season two with a question for men who want to be better allies to women: how can men best help feminism?

It’s a pivotal moment in history, and so many men want to help out, but what should they do more of and what should they avoid? And what can we learn from the push for racial equality which can be applied to the movement for gender equality?

Guests

Jackson Katz, author and educator (right)

Eugene Ellis, psychotherapist, director of The Black, African, Asian Therapy Network

Links

Jackson Katz’s Ted talk: ‘Violence against women, it’s a men’s issue