The Daily Weekly Podcast: Redefining Masculinity with 'Michigan Men'

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 4:24pm

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What is masculinity? In the #MeToo era, feminism has been at the forefront of gendered conversations in the U.S. While women are increasingly feeling empowered by their community, open conversations about male identities are rare. The coined term, “toxic masculinity,” is defined by the New York Times as as men who suppress emotions, mask distress, maintain an appearance of hardness and use violence as an indicator of power. 

The idea of masculinity is often equated with the “toxic” qualities, but programs such as Michigan Men are trying to broaden the discussion about pressure men feel to live up to traditionally masculine norms, such as suppressing emotions, not admitting personal weaknesses. Today, on the Daily Weekly, we will be discussing new initiatives to foster conversations about masculine identity on campus, and how expectations to fulfill “masculine norms” affect men in the workforce.

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This episode was produced by Executive Producer Catherine Nouhan, Audio Engineer Gibson Gillett-Behrens, our Host Sonya Vogel, Content Producers Kareem Rifai, Callie Teitelbaum and Rachel Fagan, as well as Audio Producers Josh Sodicoff, Jon Coonan, and Abigail Elwart. All music was written and produced by Gibson Gillett-Behrens.