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Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations

Author: Story Machine Productions

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James McDermott explores the many forms, messages, and experiences of masculinity in the 21st century. Through incisive, authentic, and compassionate conversations he digs into the challenges, pitfalls, privileges, and opportunities of being a mxn, and what it is like to live in a society dominated by men. A new podcast from Story Machine Productions for anyone who has ever wanted to get under the skin of modern masculinity.

Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com
Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk
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17. David Whitney

17. David Whitney

2021-02-2336:17

'I sometimes say to my current partner, 'I'm very camp. Are you sure you want to be with me?' And she says to me: 'those are the things I love about you.' I now present myself as a man in a way that makes me feel comfortable.' James McDermott talks to theatre maker David Whitney about the relationship between gender identities and sexual identities.  
16. Andy Wood

16. Andy Wood

2021-02-1833:51

'If we want to start turning out well-balanced young men, we need to mentor boys into adulthood.' Andy Wood, founder of Menscraft, talks to James McDermott about peace, love, and the difficult relationship between aggression, cowardice, bravery and masculine identities.
15. Katy Jon Went

15. Katy Jon Went

2021-01-0545:11

'I don't have gender dysphoria. I have gender euphoria!'
14. Chris Gribble

14. Chris Gribble

2020-10-2241:10

'I always had this sadness mixed with pity for men as a child. I remember thinking "it would be so much better to be a girl"'. Chris Gribble James McDermott talks to Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of National Centre for Writing, about gender, sexuality, and the opportunities and limitations of language.  MANTOR is hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner  For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see www.storymachineproductions.co.uk/portfolio/mantor-the-masculinity-conversations
'We still have this sense that working class males are disposable cogs in a machine. Working class men are too often told to shut up.' James McDermott is joined by Freya Gallagher-Jones to discuss working class masculinity, intersectionality, and power.  MANTOR is hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner  For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see www.storymachineproductions.co.uk/portfolio/mantor-the-masculinity-conversations
12. Alan Buys

12. Alan Buys

2020-09-1650:38

'I truly believe that community is going to be one of the things that enables masculinity to be whole.' James McDermott is joined by Alan Buys to discuss masculinity, feminism, faith and community. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here.
'There is such an immediacy to poetry. I wanted to say "this is me, this is my experience." James McDermott discusses and reads from his debut poetry collection, MANATOMY. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here.
10 Charlie Caine

10 Charlie Caine

2020-08-1043:25

'This is where trans people’s perspectives on gender become really interesting; because for a lot of us we have been thinking about the concepts of what it really means to be a man or a woman since our earliest memories. At the age of six I knew I was a boy.' James McDermott is joined by trans man Charlie Caine to talk about masculinity in this final episode of season 1. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com  Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk  Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner  For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
09 James Wong

09 James Wong

2020-08-1043:59

'It is okay for me not to be perfect. It is okay for me to reach out for support. And it okay for me to be vulnerable...At the same time it is okay for me to be magnificent. To show up brightly, with intent and integrity in this world.'  James McDermott is joined by James Wong from A Band of Brothers, to talk about his work tackling young male disaffection, rites of passage, and growing towards healthy manhood. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
08 Lewis Buxton

08 Lewis Buxton

2020-08-1041:08

'I am not just man. I am not just masculinity. Those boxes of gender are so unhelpful to me. I want to collapse them and in that way become less lonely, and more comfortable with myself.' James McDermott talks to poet and educator Lewis Buxton about the pressures and responsibilities of being being a young man in the 21st century, toxic masculinity, and poetry. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
07 Paul Wheeler

07 Paul Wheeler

2020-08-1036:47

'Stop running. Ask who you are. And don't be afraid to ask for help. The brilliant thing is that when you ask for help you usually get it.' James McDermott talks to Paul Wheeler of Ascend Adventure about young men and the call to adventure. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
06 Dan Simmons

06 Dan Simmons

2020-08-1033:54

'Everything was insanely full. And I could tell myself this story that it was all good and I was doing well. But my body knew otherwise. There's wisdom in our bodies that our minds aren't yet aware of.' James McDermott speaks with writer and coach Dan Simmons about his journey to living his own authentic self. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
05 - Nisha

05 - Nisha

2020-08-1030:59

'I had to ask myself: who are the people who are happy to keep using phrases like "man-up", "men don't cry", "you're crying like a girl". These phrases make me feel uncomfortable.' James talks to Nisha, an occupational therapist, about her experiences of gender and race. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
04 Ben Richardson

04 Ben Richardson

2020-08-1035:31

'I wish I had been more myself when I was going through school. You just try to fit in. If we all realised that at 16 then those formative years would be a lot easier.' James McDermott talks to Ben Richardson, bookshop manager and father, about his journey to manhood. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
03 Yogesh Mistry

03 Yogesh Mistry

2020-08-1050:31

'I sat there for an hour, crying. Every vulnerable thing that I'd stopped myself from being came out. And it felt amazing!...My breakdown was one of the best things that every happened to me. That is when I started being me.' James McDermott talks to Yogesh Mistry, about his experiences of masculinity, racism, and anxiety, Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
02 Sam Ruddock

02 Sam Ruddock

2020-08-1040:32

‘I felt like I was smoke and mirrors: putting on an act to try to be what I thought a man should be, rather than having any sense of who I was as me.’ James McDermott talks to podcast producer Sam Ruddock about addiction, fertility, male potency, and moving away from ego. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.com Produced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.uk Music by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
01 James McDermott

01 James McDermott

2020-08-1030:33

‘I hope by talking to other men about that baggage about being a man, we can get rid of the stuff that isn’t useful anymore, put back stuff that is useful, and acquire new things from each other that might help us as well.’ Before talking to other people, host James McDermott explores his own relationship to masculinity. He is interviewed by podcast producer Sam Ruddock, Director of Story Machine Productions. Hosted by James McDermott: www.jamesmcdermottwriter.weebly.comProduced by Story Machine Productions: www.storymachineproductions.co.ukMusic by Jordan Mallory-Skinner For more on Mantor: The Masculinity Conversations see here. Supported by Arts Council England's Emergency Fund.
James McDermott introduces the new podcast. 
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