Join Jake and Carl as they explore the ways that their lifetime of playing video games may have impacted their lives as men. They are joined by Thomas, a Colorado State University student and passionate gamer, as he brings in his perspective. They range from talking about their personal experience with video games, their observations of streaming platforms, the different ways that gamers are treated based on their gender, and the culture of gaming as a whole. Knowing where we learn what it means to be men and critically consuming the media we consume is a big part of exercising social justice.
Join Jake and Carl as they take a dive into the ways in which men dominate nature. Joined by Alex, a Colorado State University PhD Candidate, they find the connection in the ways this concept of wanting to dominate nature is tied to problematic masculinity. Hear Alex’s journey through masculinity and vulnerability as he tells his stories of hiking and rock climbing. Understanding how problematic masculinities manifest is an import aspect of interrupting oppression and exercising social justice.
Join Jake and Carl as they explore masculinity through the prism of slam poetry. Joining them is Christof, a graduate student at Colorado State University. Christof has been writing poetry for almost a decade and recently won a slam competition. He has some great ideas on the ways that poetry factors into men exercising social justice.
Join Jake and Carl as they work through the masculine aspects of the way some White men gravitate toward generally eastern Asian cultural beliefs and attitudes. What is it about appropriating “Asian” culture is particularly masculine worthy of being discussed in this podcast? Joining Jake and Carl is Eben, a student at Colorado State University, to pick his brain as a White dude who went through a period of his life of culturally appropriating another racial identity. Understanding the interplay of race and gender is another form or exercising social justice.
Join Jake and Carl as they find out that defining “healthy masculinity” comes with it’s very own challenges. They decide that the best way to define healthy masculinity is to start with a more familiar phrase, which is toxic masculinity and work backwards from there. It turns out, there’s a ton of different actions, behaviors, and attitudes we can work on today to work toward a healthier expression of our masculinity. Having this kind of conversation and then following through with our actions is a crucial part of exercising social justice.