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The Gender Knot

88 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).


Fearing ambitious women

In season 2 we explored why we’re scared of ambitious women, and talked to our co-producer Sam and a teacher about the roots of this problem. It was an episode which really resonated with so many women who listen to this show and a dilemma we just had to revisit.

Mark Pagan has talked about his mixed attitudes to dating ambitious women on his own podcast Other Men Need Help. Mark finds ambitious women attractive but is also threatened by them, this being a dynamic which isn’t all that rare, and one we delve into more with him, trying to figure out the personal and wider social reasons behind this paradox.

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

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Other Men Need Help’s episode Manual Men

Other Men Need Help are looking for stories for their next season, get in touch at - they are looking for men partnered with significantly younger people, men who can talk about financial insecurities related to partners, men with significant others who are more sexually experiences, men who are bald/balding and men up for sharing something about their appearance they privately want to change or hide.

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

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