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July 13, 2020

Toxic Masculinity May Literally be Hazardous to Men’s Health

Dr. Paul Nathanson is our guest this week on the Dads with Daughters Podcast. Dr. Nathanson is a gender, history, and religious studies professor at McGill University in Canada and he has defined the field of misandry in our culture. He is author of (1) Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture (2) Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination against Men (3) Replacing Misandry: A Revolutionary History of Men (4) Sanctifying Misandry: Goddess Ideology and the Fall of Man.

Today we are talking with Dr. Nathanson about how Toxic masculinity may literally be hazardous to men’s health. You see, while movies may make the macho lifestyle seem alluring, a new study by Dr. Nathanson and his colleagues shows that hypermasculine males could suffer from a host of health and social issues as they age.

Dr. Nathanson shares a lot about what he found in studying 12,000 years of history of men. One take away though is that to have a healthy identity as a men you must be able to make at least one contribution to society that is

  1. Distinctive
  2. Necessary
  3. Publicly valued

A few books that Dr. Nathanson recommends for anyone that wants to learn more about these concepts includes:

Books by Dr. Warren Farrell

The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

The Myth of Male Power

Why Men Are the Way They Are

Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say

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Christopher Lewis


Christopher is the co-founder of Fathering Together and the Chief Information Officer. He is the father of 2 daughters that are now in their tweens and teens. He started Dad of Divas, a blog to share his own personal experiences in being a father in 2007 and in 2018 started the Dads With Daughters Facebook Group to allow dads to connect, learn and grow together. He works in Digital Media on a daily basis, but also has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration.

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