What does it mean to be a man?
Who were our male role models growing up and how did they impact the men and women that we’ve become?
How do we pass this legacy on to our families and communities?
Reclaiming Male Role Models is a podcast series exploring what it means to be a man in the 21st century.
My name is Bob Schwenkler
I have a few questions that I crave answers to:
- What’s important about creating amazing support for men?
- What did we learn from our primary male role models growing up?
- How do we pass on this legacy to our friends and children?
- How much is possible for men? Connection, intimacy, love, joy…
- What makes a man authentically powerful?
- What’s your favorite thing about being a man?
I want to know the answers.
But they’re answers I can’t find alone. None of us can.
Our individual stories weave together to create the fabric of our culture.
We’ve been offered an abundance of stories about what a “man” is supposed to be. We’ve been shown how he dresses, who he dates, what emotions he’s permitted to feel…
But I believe that it’s the raw human parts that lie beneath our stoicism, technical know-how, chiseled bodies, and tool collections that truly attract others to us. It’s our rough edges, our vulnerabilities, that give the people we love something to deeply identify and connect with.
As a man I’ve been taught to not ask for support.
The fear is that I’ll be perceived as weak. Fellow men will bully and take advantage of me and the important women in my life will leave me for someone who’s got their stuff together and can provide. But the reality is that I am a human animal. Animals are social beings and I need you. Not asking for support is a form of social isolation and social isolation is NOT on the agenda.
Reclaiming Male Role Models is a living, breathing contradiction to our cultural concept of “The Stoic Man”. In order for it to be successful I’m going to have to ask for support. Big time.
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What’s next for men?
I don’t have the answers, no one person does. The answers lie in our collective experience. Our culture. Reclaiming Male Role Models is bringing men and women together to create a culture where men share ourselves openly and honestly. Where we are judged by our passion for honesty and growth, and as powerfully congruent fathers, husbands, sons, friends, leaders, and human beings.
I also know that I’m not the first to do this, not by far. I’m just helping push the snowball as it grows bigger.
And if I have to work until my final breath to do so, I’ll make damn sure I’m not the last.
Thanks for your support.