“Can Men and Women be Friends?” aka The Friendzone (WolfPack Live!)

 

We have been talking about the relationship between men and female friends for a long time. It was the basis of the movie When Harry Met Sally, a good 5 years before Friends invented the Friendzone.

The issue is that the lesson of those movies and in fact of society is that men and women are sooooo attracted to each other that they cannot be friends.

So today, I’m going to give you a small treat, I’m going to give you a listen to the last WolfPack we did here in Edmonton, to get a chance to listen to our storytellers talk about The Friendzone.

Jessica runs Ripple Effect, go check her events out

 

Ep 80: “Is Toxic Masculinity an issue for Climate Change?”

There is a notion especially in western society that environmentalism is deemed girly or not manly. Either by being vegetarian, caring about animals, or just caring about the environment in general.

Why is that?

Even though issues like climate change is a non-gendered issue that affects everyone, men for the most part resist green behaviour or activism. Why do a lot of men think being eco-friendly is unmanly?

Articles:

– https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/pajdyg/greta-thunberg-by-harley-weir-intereview?utm_source=vicetwitterus

https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/experts-come-surprising-solutions-climate-change-new-ucvox-video-series/

Ep 79: “Why is it Hard for Men to Call themselves Feminists?”

Even in the year 2019, there is a worry about the label of feminism when it comes to men. I just want to be clear, when I get a chance to talk to a lot of men there’s a lot they agree with in regards to pro-feminist values. You know except a few idiots here and there that try to be contrarian. It might feel like those idiots are everywhere but they’re not. Not that I see anyways, I see a lot of guys that are confused, misinformed, feeling shamed, feeling anxious about what they should support. They’re worried that if they embrace the word feminism, that they are more prone not only from other men but from women who are now holding them to a much higher standard.

My question is, why is that label so hard to embrace? why is it so hard for men to say that they are feminist?

Men’s Lib Thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/MensLib/comments/b9vs3u/do_you_believe_that_menslib_should_be_considered/

and my episode with Matthew Hodges from MensLib

The Man’s Survey: https://www.chatelaine.com/survey-define-masculinity/

Ep 78: “Fatherhood and Equity: Paternity Leave and Mentorship” with Michael Janz and Eric Arthrell

The brunt of parenting and the fathers who are working to make a better more equitable world is tough when you think about ideas like paternity leave and mentorship. We’re going to talk to two individuals who are taking these two outcomes to reality. Two fathers, two lives, and their thoughts around gender, and fatherhood in modern world.

Eric Arthrell: https://matemodern.com/

Michael Janz: http://www.michaeljanz.ca/about-me and albertamentors.ca

SHIFT Report: https://preventdomesticviolence.ca/no-man-left-behind-how-and-why-to-include-fathers-in-government-funded-parenting-strategies/

Promundo Report: https://promundoglobal.org/programs/state-of-the-worlds-fathers/#

 

 

Ep 77: “The Complex Terry Crews” feat Terry Crews (sort of)

Ever since the movement to create better ideals around masculinity, there have been a lot of popular male figures stepping up to the plate to talk these issue. None bigger though than movie and TV star, Terry Crews. I got to hear Terry speak in an event hosted by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelter, so from then I wonder what is it about Terry Crews that we like? Why is he the flame in which this message gets carried on? Or is he just a man? Flawed like any other?

 

Ep 76: Women, Men, Violence, and Hockey

Hockey, one of the most masculine sports in Canada. So much so, that a lot of Canadians feel a certain set of confidence when we measure it up with other sports. In the manliest of manliest of professional sports in Canada, how does masculinity play with how we view violence and gender? We speak to Tim Skuce from Brandon University and Megan McCormick.

 

Ep 75: “The Restriction of Boys’ Potential” with Carrie Starbuck and Nick Sandor

Youth for the most part, they understand the rules but usually hate playing by them, and question why they’re there to begin with. In their eyes issues like gender and equality are night and day and they question why don’t adults understand? So how do we teach youth when adults are fighting this battle as well. How do we teach boys when men are confused as well?

This episodes includes conversations with Carrie Starbuck from Happy Lands and Nick Sandor from Man Made

A clip from CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway is included