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.
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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