The Good, The Bad And The Ugly of Masculinity

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An important and enlightening conversation with two of the top experts on masculinity – Dr. Ron Levant and Shayna Pryor, M.A.

What is the difference between being a man (biological sex) and masculinity (gender roles)?

Why should we care about masculinity and Man Box culture?

How do men learn what it means to be a man?

How do men deal with divorce? How do men deal with being a single parent?

Are boys as emotional as girls? Or are they more rational as is commonly assumed?

To what extent are men the recipient of sexual or physical abuse?

To what extent are most men happy?

Why is shaming so important for men policing other men?

What percentage of men subscribe to traditional masculine ideology?

What makes up traditional masculine ideology? Homophobia? Being a player? Avoid all things feminine? Restrict vulnerable and caring emotions? Toughness?

Is there a connection between physical and sexual violence and a strong belief to traditional masculine beliefs?

Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The University of Akron; Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Division 51; and two-term Editor of APA Division 51’s quarterly journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinities.

Shana Pryor, MA, is a doctoral student of Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron. She has spent the majority of her career focusing on issues surrounding men, masculinity, and sexual trauma.

Ron and Shana are co-authors of the book The Tough Standard: The Hard Truth About Masculinity and Violence. Dr. LeVant has also authored numerous other books such as Masculinity Reconstructed: Changing the Rules of Manhood at Work, in Relationships, and in Family Life, and numerous others.

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Editing/Mixing/Mastering by: Brian Donat of B/Line Studios
Music by: Zak Gay