What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity

About the show:

Dave Pickering takes us on a personal journey through gender as he tries to explain masculinity both to you and to himself. Part true storytelling, part TED talk and part apology, the show looks at how the patriarchy hurts men too; how the patriarchy has hurt him, and how he has hurt people because of patriarchy. Drawing on an anonymous survey of 1000 men, feminist theory, internet memes and his life experience, Dave will explain the conclusions he has come to after 36 years of trying to make peace with being a man.

Additionally to this show and a reflection on it/development of it I made Liberating Men for BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought.

And Unbound are turning the show and survey into a book!

Preorder and pledge to help make it happen: https://unbound.com/books/mansplaining-masculinity/

If you are interested in booking the show at your performance space or university get in touch: goosefat101 [at] gmail [dot] com

Content note: This piece will talk at times about violence, sexual assault and bullying.

Cookie note: Dave will not be accepting your cookies for this show, but he will offer you cookies at the end.

This show is a Stand Up Tragedy production.

About Dave Pickering:

My name is Dave Pickering, and I’m a storyteller and podcaster. When I’m not thinking about masculinity, I make the weekly conversation podcast Getting Better Acquainted, which won a British Podcast Award in 2017, was nominated for a Radio Production Award in 2012, featured on BBC Radio 4’s In Pod We Trust and Radio 5 Live’s Required Listening. The podcast has also been recommended by The Guardian, Time Out and (weirdly) the Financial Times. I also co-produce and star in the magical realist podcast drama, The Family Tree, which looks at themes of identity, belief, family and change. I produce a monthly podcast for the Restart Podcast, which goes out online and on Resonance FM. For five years, I ran a live night and podcast called Stand Up Tragedy, which aimed to create a safe space to talk about unsafe things. Since 2011, I’ve been a member of the Spark London team. I host their monthly true storytelling open mic in Hackney. I co-wrote – with some really creative classes of primary school children – the Cbeebies Radio Series, Ministry of Stories, which starred Jenni Murray. Numbers, a drama series I wrote for RethinkDaily, was nominated for the Sony Radio Awards in 2009.

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