S3 E1: Dick Move

July 11, 2018

Launching Scene on Radio Season 3 series—MEN—co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee look at the problems of male supremacy. And we visit Deep Time to explore the latest scholarship on how, when, and why men invented patriarchy.

Featuring Meg Conkey of UC-Berkeley, Mel Konner of Emory University, and Lisa Wade of Occidental College.

Music by Alex Weston, and by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine. Music and production help from Joe Augustine at Narrative Music.

Download a transcript of the episode.

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6 comments on “S3 E1: Dick Move

  1. Daniel Beneventano Jul 12, 2018

    Great first episode on toxic masculinity. Let me give you one suggestion for a future episode along with some background. I am a 28 year old cisgender. disabled male social studies substitute who trains in martial arts. As a person with a disability I found martial training in a variety of disciplines to be a liberating experience. However, what I have noticed over the past couple of years is that high risk contact sports(football and boxing) and full contact martial training(MMA, Full contact sparing) have been frowned upon in the general public and low risk sports like golf and tennis gaining in prominence. As a result figures like Mr. Trump have glorified the violence prevalent in contact sports while those who train in these sports recognize the risk and try to minimize it but do not discuss training because these men, women, children do not wish to be viewed as violent. I would like to hear on the podcast how this struggle between male( a female) love of contact/combat sports and changing views of masculinity. If you decide to do this topic a good expert to talk to is Jonathan Gottschall, an English professor at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the series.

  2. Douglas Bird Jul 13, 2018

    Off to great start.

  3. martha lefebvre Jul 16, 2018

    This is a fabulous series opening piece. I am already sharing it and will post the series in my next monthly newsletter.
    For this in-depth look at men to follow the series on race is so profoundly appropriate and timely and I stay grateful for the creative and thorough examination that I know will follow.

  4. Jim Dalton Jul 19, 2018

    Great start. Can’t wait for the next one.

    I hope you are talking to neuro biologists about the structure and functions of the brain, as they emerge in the new research. Although Celeste prompted you to investigate the hormone testosterone in your research, it will also be interesting to learn what we are learning about compassion (self compassion as well as interpersonal connectedness) as part of human development. The little I have read about is that it’s not a purely gender force, nor a left-right brain function, nor an ancient-modern phenomenon. Not easy to tease out all the complexity. Have fun!

  5. Rebecca Eppler-Epstein Jul 20, 2018

    Thanks for what was overall a thoughtful episode. The explanation for why John’s (male) voice is heard more in this series makes sense. That said, in the interview with Meg Conkey about why men took power, Meg is trying to make a point, but John interrupts her multiple times to restate her prior point. While you make a joke about mansplaining earlier in the episode, this is actually a prime example of you doing it.

  6. Sam Gray Jul 21, 2018

    I’m so excited for this season! Great first episode. Because I’m in the middle of reading Sex at Dawn (by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha) I feel like it bears mentioning that when societies became agriculturalists they also shifted from more open sexual relationships to monogamy. It doesn’t seem arbitrary at all to me that we became patriarchal as men were compelled to secure their paternity over their progeny.
    Really looking forward to the rest of the series and I will definitely be sharing your link!