NPR’s Special Series “Men in America” Looks At Vegans


Men in America is a special series from NPR’s show All Things Considered that “…explores what it means to be a man in America today.” I was contacted by producer Neda Ulaby not too long ago because a friend of hers had directed her to The Discerning Brute. Here at TDB we focus a decent amount of energy exploring masculinity and the evolving definition of manhood, especially as it relates to animal protection, social justice and environmental issues. It’s my opinion that mainstream masculinity, which could also be referred to as commercial masculinity (the beer-beef-boobs-and-ball masculinity sold to us via commercials and pop-culture) is a major roadblock to sustainability for its dominance in our political, economic and social culture and its shaming of compassion, thoughtfulness, nurturing and other characteristics that are relegated to the realm of women, the effeminate, and the irrational.

Please take a few minutes to join the conversation by listening to the show and sharing your thoughts in the comments below.

For a more in-depth look at this topic, please visit our other posts – including some video interviews – that explore this very important issue:

Featured in this episode of All Things Considered are:

Joshua Katcher founder/creative dir. of Brave GentleMan & founder/editor of The Discerning Brute.
Giacomo Marchese, competitive bodybuilder & founder of Plant-Built
Dominick Thompson, Healthcare Executive, triathlete & founder of Iron Brukal
Daniel Strong, chef & co-owner Chickpea & Olive
Cornell Ward, MMA fighter co-host Walking Alone Podcast

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • pippa

    when we all open our hearts and realise that ALL creatures feel love and pain . put ourselves in anothers skin… keep speaking the truth it DOES work, first denial, then resistence then slowly some awaken..7 the ripples spread,.. silence is NEVER the answer but we can show by example & talk without blame as many have unconscious guilt as we have all been brainwashed to torture kill eat & wear our fellow beings, the time is now as masses of people are awakening so well done all who speak the truth!! Its painful to have to be patient sometimes but it pays off as aggression just makes it worse.& focus on those more aware …sow seeds which spread

  • Paul Bruce

    I don’t really like how it’s advertised. It seems like people are only comfortable bringing up or advertising ethical veganism by explaining the environmental concerns off the bat. I think when environmental concern is brought up, no one is threatened – “I love the environment too. I do other things to help the planet, like recycling. It’s okay if I’m not totally vegan.” Once you bring in animal rights, people are threatened – “I care about animals! I love my dogs and cats! I don’t have to be a vegan to care about animals!” It’s really annoying – I feel like we can’t fully express our compassion because of how people react to it. It’s not our fault – it’s theirs.

  • Alexandra Strain

    I liked it but felt she was still kind of making fun. I don’t know if it was an attempt to be light hearted but it sounded a little like this lifestyle wasn’t being taken seriously. Like it’s not a social justice movement. But I am still glad this lifestyle was talked about and represented by great people.

  • Paul

    This article is BS… Compassion amongst men is found regardless of your diet. Get real people!!

    • Will

      It’s just MORE compassionate to be a man who’s diet IS compassionate. You can be compassionate without eating vegan, but it is unquestionably MORE compassionate to do so.

    • Alexandra Strain

      I think you missed the point.

  • phi

    Congratulations on the NPR feature!

  • Joe D.

    Great radio piece. Yeah, vegan is the way to go.

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