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The Gender Knot

94 EpisodesProduced by Nastaran Tavakoli-FarWebsite

A Time Magazine Top 50 podcast: “The show serves an important purpose: Encouraging men and women to enter a productive dialogue with one another”. Hosted by Nas and Dan (aka Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Daniel Carroll). Contact:


Flawed Male Heroes

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 being allies to women, but who have recently been accused of sexual assault or harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

These men have helped some men grapple with their own masculine identities and are people who have ‘gone there’ and have tried to attempt being better towards women, especially given it can be hard for men to talk about these issues with each other. But where can men turn when these heroes are also shown to be deeply flawed – and is flawed even the right word given the gravity of these allegations?

We’ll be back with Season 3 in June.

Mark Pagan, host of the podcast Other Men Need Help

Host and producer:
Nas aka Nastaran Tavakoli-Far

Jonathan Freeman

Sam Baker and Jonathan Blackwell

Related links:
Junot Diaz: “The Silence, the legacy of childhood trauma” – published in the New Yorker on 9th April 2018

“In the darkness men leave behind the women and emerge in the light clean and free” – by Briana L Urena-Ravelo, published on 10th April 2018

“Author Alisa Valdes on Junot Díaz: ‘He Mistreated Me, and I Was Severely Punished for It’” – by Amanda Arnold, published in The Cut on 6th May 2018

“We can’t protect Junot Diaz at all costs” – by Christine Emba, published in the Washington Post on 4th May 2018

Music: Government Funded Weed by Black Ant (used under Creative Commons)

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