Walking on Eggshells
December 10th, 2018
Nas often feels like she’s walking on eggshells on this show; she has to be honest with men but also keep them engaged and not annoy them so much that they tune out of the show, and these conversations, altogether. Dan …
The Nitty Gritty
December 2nd, 2018
You’ll have noticed we’ve been changing the direction of the podcast over the past few weeks, with there being fewer abstract explorations of ideas and more delving into the nitty gritty of how men and women can …
Let's talk about (real and fake) sex
November 26th, 2018
Porn is pervasive in today's internet culture. But does the typical male gaze leave women out of the viewing audience? And what does this one-way …
Disenfranchised Men – round 2
November 19th, 2018
Our listeners are annoyed! Many of you were unhappy with our take on disenfranchised men last week after we interviewed former New York Times reporter and author [Andrew Yarrow](https://www.andrewlyarrow.com/), who has …
November 12th, 2018
Former New York Times journalist Andrew Yarrow joins us to talk about why so many men in America feel disenfranchised, and how this is impacting everyone else.
Men around the world have seen their position shift …
Men and commitment issues – round 2
November 5th, 2018
A few weeks ago Dan tried to convince us that the stereotype of men having commitment issues was exaggerated and false, and he made a good case for this. But Nas was still left wondering where these assumptions come …
MeToo and Hollywood: the fallout and what women want from men
October 29th, 2018
It’s a year since allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke, leading to a real opening of conversation about sexual harassment and assault against …
Slow Burn’s Leon Neyfakh on gender in US politics
October 22nd, 2018
Hit podcast Slow Burn just spent their second season looking at the saga around Bill Clinton’s impeachment. They revisited Bill Clinton’s affair with …
How women can ask for what they want
October 15th, 2018
Former dominatrix and Taoist nun Kasia Urbaniak teaches women about power and influence at her school The Academy.
She walks us through this …
Dan Savage: what straight couples can learn from same sex couples
September 24th, 2018
The love, sex and relationship guru and host of the Savage Lovecast gives us his thoughts and tips!
Note: this episode is very Not Safe For Work – download now and save for later if that’s relevant!
Also, co-host …
Men and commitment issues: fact or fiction?
August 27th, 2018
It’s a big cliché that men are scared to commit, don’t want to be tied down, are always ‘hitting the road’ and leaving promising relationships with women.
Today’s guest thinks this is a simply not true and actually …
The roots of male shame
August 20th, 2018
Why is shame such an issue for men despite the privileges men still have in almost all societies? Is privilege itself part of the problem, and what can be done to tackle this issue? Women are also being vocal about …
Women and pay: How can women negotiate for better pay?
August 13th, 2018
In April, a report by the UK governments and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission showed that 80% of large companies still paid male employees more than the women. In the US, in 2017 women still earnt just 82% of …
Men’s groups: potential problems?
August 6th, 2018
Therapy is important, and men’s groups can’t be a substitute for therapy says today’s guest. We recently looked at men’s groups and had some interesting feedback. Despite all the positives we hear, that can be problems …
Guest episode: Ministry of Ideas – White Balance
July 30th, 2018
Jonathan is stuck in the library in DC, and Nas and Sam and Jonny in London are all swamped, so we decided to play you an episode of one of our favourite podcasts while we work on more Gender Knot material for you for …
Men’s groups: can they provide the support that men need?
July 23rd, 2018
‘Transformative’ is a word we’ve heard from so many men who’ve benefitted from men’s groups. It’s a topic that’s comes up on this podcast a lot. Why are so many men getting together with other men to talk about their …
Friends and love: what role can friends play in our love lives?
July 16th, 2018
This week’s guest emailed 700 friends asking to be set up on a date, and followed up with everyone a year later detailing what happened. The most …
Male Shame Pt 1: What role do women play?
July 9th, 2018
Male Shame lies at the root of so many problematic dynamics between men and women, whether on an individual or a society-wide scale. The problem is many men have a very limited space where they can explore their shame, …
Women in business: what should they keep doing?
July 2nd, 2018
Speaking more forcefully, being more assertive (or even aggressive), over-confidence and being unrealistic about outcomes; these are just some of the …
More women are cheating. Why?
June 25th, 2018
We got a curious email from the folks at Ashley Madison recently – that’s the dating website for people looking for discreet encounters, such as …
Esther Perel: What’s next for men and how women can help
June 12th, 2018
This is the century where men need to rethink their identities at home and at work, says world renowned therapist Esther Perel, and that things will only change for women once men do this. We hear about her experiences …
#MeToo comebacks? Charlie Rose, we’re done!
June 4th, 2018
Stephanie Butnick of the Unorthodox podcast and Tablet Magazine joins us to kick of season 3 where we ask if the men accused of sexual assault and …
Flawed Male Heroes: What do men do when their heroes are flawed?
May 21st, 2018
Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz recently joined a line of men such as Louis CK and Aziz Ansari who had been looked to by some people as …
Do men need nature to be better men?
May 7th, 2018
A man going off on a solo expedition into the wilderness when he’s having a dilemma or a tough time or when he needs to make a difficult decision is …
Men and feelings: How can we go there?
April 15th, 2018
We’ve heard a lot about the dilemmas surrounding men and their feelings on this podcast: how boys are raised with little acknowledgement of their feelings or disallowed from expressing or exploring them, to the …
How can men best help feminism?
March 31st, 2018
We just made Time Magazine’s list of [50 best podcasts](http://time.com/5178078/best-podcasts-2018/), and they recommended this episode from earlier in season 2, which is also one of our favorites, so we’re replaying it …
Why are we scared of ambitious women?
March 26th, 2018
Ambitious women get held to tricky double standards; there’s the expectation that they should have the drive and vision of ambitious men but are also …
Live Show: Can women break into Boys’ Clubs?
March 19th, 2018
Former Apprentice contestant Michaela Wain and journalist Chris Hemmings help us figure out if women can break into boys clubs – those industries where men favour each other for jobs and create an atmosphere which makes …
Homophobic gay men: why are some gay men homophobic?
March 12th, 2018
James Barr, co-host of the hit LGBTQ+ podcast A Gay and a Non-Gay, posed this question to us and joins as a special co-host for this episode.
Gay men have been gaining more rights and visibility, and yet homophobia …
Should men be involved in feminism?
February 26th, 2018
We have our [live show on Monday 26th February](https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-gender-knot-podcast-live-in-london-tickets-43002439454)! We’ll be joined by guests [Michaela Wain](https://twitter.com/michaelawain1) …
Masculinity Crisis? Mark Manson weighs in
February 19th, 2018
We’re gearing up for our first live show next week, so are replaying one of our favourite episodes from season 1.
Mark Manson is a self-development expert and the author of the book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a …
Men and feelings: what’s the deal?
February 12th, 2018
Many men seem to struggle with expressing their feelings, and with generally dealing with their feelings in the first place. It’s a complaint women often have, but how much truth is there to this? What’s the deal with …
Does gender shape business?
February 5th, 2018
(https://www.newstatesman.com/srsly)The world of work was mostly made by men for men. As more women enter and rise through the economy, there’s a lot of dissatisfaction and discussion about how things are done; why is …
Are women too compassionate?
January 29th, 2018
Being understanding, empathetic, seeing the other side of the story, being compassionate: these are many very classic feminine traits. But the upside of someone who is too compassionate is often also someone who lets …
Can men fail?
January 22nd, 2018
The pressure to achieve is often a big deal for men across many cultures. Notions of success and failure are closely tied in with masculinity. At the …
Sex and self-worth: Can we get self-worth from sex?
January 19th, 2018
(https://www.thegenderknot.com/)We explore some differing experiences: from a young man who tried to get respect from men through sleeping with women, to sex in a long term monogamous relationship, to the in-betweens. …
Men and feminism: How can men best help feminism?
January 8th, 2018
We kick off season two with a question for men who want to be better allies to women: how can men best help feminism?
It’s a pivotal moment in …
How will #MeToo affect dating?
January 1st, 2018
Many people have expressed concern about what behaviour is or isn’t appropriate when it comes to dating, including dating in the workplace. We explore the nuances.
We also welcome our co-host for season 2: Jonathan …
Nico Tortorella on Family and Sexuality
December 18th, 2017
(http://atwill.us/shows/)The actor and model Nico Tortorella has talked about being sexually fluid, and explores his sexuality and his relationships in his podcast The Love Bomb. The star of the hit TV series Younger …
Mark Manson on Men’s Groups
November 20th, 2017
The transformational power of men’s groups have come up several times on this podcast, but men’s groups often have a pretty bad and misleading reputation. The author of ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’ talks about …
Why don’t men talk?
November 13th, 2017
Dizraeli had a breakdown last year. The MC and poet found it hard to talk about what was going on with him, and also found little support from men when he did reach out. He managed to seek help and is now focused on …
Is Theresa May jumping on the LGBTQ+ bandwagon? With A Gay and a Non Gay podcast hosts.
November 6th, 2017
Theresa May recently attended the Pink News Awards – the first sitting UK Prime Minister to do so. These awards recognise people who have worked to improve LGBTQ plus life in the UK. Some people praised her for this and …
Mark Manson: is there a masculinity crisis?
October 30th, 2017
Mark Manson, the author of the New York Times bestseller ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’ and self-development expert, has spent a decade or so working closely with people, helping them improve all aspects of their …
#MeToo: how should men respond?
October 23rd, 2017
#MeToo has seen women around the world sharing their experiences with sexual harassment and sexual assault. Now two other hashtags have grown in …
Deray McKesson of Black Lives Matter on Masculinity, Race, Sexuality & Activism
October 16th, 2017
Being an activist is all about changing the world: from the structures that shape our societies down to the daily conversations we have with each other. Deray McKesson has been active in Black Lives Matter and he is …
Women journalists calling people out, transgender terminology, & more
October 9th, 2017
We recently asked if women politicians can call people out, a subject that was pertinent given Hillary Clinton’s latest book where she does just …
Hugh Hefner’s Vision for Men
October 2nd, 2017
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away last week. There’s been a ton of debate about his impact on women: did he treat them as sex objects or did he liberate them from strict sexual values? And people have also been …
Hillary Clinton’s “Blame Game”: Can a woman politician call people out?
September 25th, 2017
Hillary Clinton’s “Blame Game”: Can a woman politician call people?
Hillary Clinton apparently isn’t authentic. Except for when she is, and then …
Is gender relevant?
September 18th, 2017
We’re trying to untangle the new masculinity and femininity, but is that even a relevant mission? Or should we be trying to figure out a post-gender …
Does clothing shape gender identity?
September 11th, 2017
Gender neutral clothing is all over the news at the moment. Just a few examples include school children protesting why girls and boys have to dress …
Hiding emotions ‘masculine’ style
September 4th, 2017
Dominating, debating, having to be right – these are just some behaviours that are often common in people with power. And they are often also used by …
Do men need purpose?
August 28th, 2017
What is a man’s role in society these days? This question seems to be coming up again and again. The rise of women and feminism, together with …
The Google Memo
August 21st, 2017
A male product manager at a tech company gives his take on the Google Memo that’s been a big topic of discussion in recent weeks.
To bring you up to speed: a software developer at Google called James Demore wrote a …
A More Feminine Economy
August 14th, 2017
‘The future is female’ – it’s a slogan we’re seeing increasingly, on t-shirts and placards and social media feeds. And there are currently plenty of important and necessary debates about getting more women into the …
Energies: Masculine & Feminine
August 7th, 2017
What is masculine and feminine energy? This short and sweet episode lays down the basics!
We’ll find out what we mean when we talk about masculine …
Women's Groups, Men's Groups
July 31st, 2017
Why are so many people around me suddenly joining men’s groups and women’s groups? Isn’t the notion of segregating ourselves due to gender a little… outdated? After all, so many of our social issues are related to us …
Men & feminism – reactions!
July 24th, 2017
Confusion, frustration, empathy, being able to relate – just some of the reactions I received from you, the audience, to last week’s episode …
Men and feminism
July 17th, 2017
(www.thegenderknot.com)Should men be involved in feminism, and if so, how?
Men are super involved in feminism these days – and there appears to …
Callout: workplace sexism & your experiences
July 10th, 2017
What sort of sexism takes place in the workplace that we still don’t acknowledge or talk about?
There’s been a lot of talk about sexism in the …
Emotions in Leadership - do they help or hinder women?
July 3rd, 2017
Hillary Clinton was often criticised for being too ‘cold’ and ‘unemotional’ during her 2016 US Presidential bid. Many women in the West can relate to …
Leaning Back & Lean In
June 26th, 2017
You’ve heard of Leaning In but how about Leaning Back? Over the past few years a lot of women have undertaken Sheryl Sandberg’s advice to assert themselves more, to speak louder and to sit at the table. But some women …
Redefining & Owning Masculinity
June 19th, 2017
Masculinity gets a bad reputation these days. We hear a lot about what’s wrong with it, but what about the good sides, and also the messy sides? I …
TEASER: The Gender Knot Podcast
June 15th, 2017
The podcast where we untangle the new masculinity and femininity. These are exciting times; we’re re-defining gender roles, but let’s be honest, …