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The Control Rule

10/15/2018
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What do people mean when they say that “it’s a man’s world?” They mean, in most cases, that men possess most of the power and control in our society. But, what does that mean? Most men balk at the idea that they are “in control.” That’s because, like most things related to gender expectations, the definition of “control” can be a little murky. Men get the message in a million subtle ways from birth that a “real man” steps up and takes control in any critical situation. He’s expected to be...

Duration:00:40:48

Daddy Download - Will We Ever Have Sex Again?

10/11/2018
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Everyone told you being a Dad would be hard, right? Many probably even said, “Nothing can prepare you…” And, man, they were so right. There’s nothing we can tell you to make the transition to being a new Dad a smooth and easy one, but we can help you figure out how to be more involved, more present, and more engaged as a parent and a partner. That’s what we’re aiming to do in this series of Daddy Downloads from The Man Rules podcast. In this episode, Dan shares some thoughts on how Dads can...

Duration:00:07:14

Juvenile Justice

10/8/2018
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In this episode of The Man Rules podcast, Dan and Andrea struggle along with the rest of American through a conversation about Brett Kavanaugh, gender-based privilege, and the politicization of victimhood. All of those are fancy words for some real “complicated shit.” By the end of the episode, the honorable podcast hosts both rule in favor of self-reflection as critical to growth and the development of real, meaningful and lasting success. Without it, one could remain frozen in...

Duration:00:44:21

A Damn Good Man

9/28/2018
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The Man Rules Podcast has been blessed to have our producer, Andrea Sauceda, since we began in May 2017. We are a small podcast with very little budget and she has given her time graciously and generously. She is taking a long overdue break this month and so now I am taking over the reins for all of September. This is week 4 and let’s just say, I welcome her back! – Dan “It is not death that a man should fear; but he should fear never beginning to live.” Marcus Aurelius On September...

Duration:00:24:39

The Don't Cry Rule

9/18/2018
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Everyone is interested in how men and women are getting along these days. What if there were something other than “we’re from different planets” model? Once a month my good friend, Dr. Allen Berger, and I take over the Man Rules podcast to talk about our forthcoming book, What Men Would Tell You If They Weren’t Too Busy Watching TV. This month Allen and I start our Man Rules discussion where we are going to discuss each of the 10 Man Rules that we unpack at length in the book. The first one...

Duration:00:52:20

In Like a Lamb and Out Like a Lion

9/13/2018
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I had the pleasure of having a conversation with Adam Lamb. The idea was to talk about how various types of masculinity impact the workplace. (Side Note: I am trying not to use the term “toxic masculinity” anymore because I realized I fundamentally disagree with it. It is too easy to use that to mean men are toxic or to dismiss outright certain expressions of masculinity that may not be as “cool” or “woke.” The men we most want to reach probably aren’t going to listen if that’s the term...

Duration:00:56:51

The Bullet & The Butterfly Wings

9/4/2018
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The Man Rules Podcast has been blessed to have our producer, Andrea Sauceda, since we began. We are a small podcast with very little budget and she has given her time graciously and generously. She is taking a long overdue break this month and so now I am taking over the reins for all of September. Let’s hope I don’t break it. :) Life is one lesson after another. If we are paying attention. Sometimes we get the same lessons over and over, often with increasing intensity. The first time it...

Duration:00:15:56

Waking Up: A Deep Dive with Chris Cole

8/28/2018
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In The Man Rules Deep Dive episodes, Dan talks to one man about his particular experiences coming to terms with some facet of his identity as a man. This month, our Deep Dive guest is Chris Cole, author, life coach, and host of the Waking Up Bipolar podcast. Chris talks about his efforts to form a healthy identity as a man who doesn’t necessarily fit society’s definition of “normal.” He first encountered this struggle as a young boy, when it became clear to him that his preference for...

Duration:00:51:53

Why We Wrote A Book About Men for Women

8/20/2018
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As our regular listeners know, Dan is working on a new book, What Men Would Tell You If They Weren’t Too Busy Watching TV with his good friend Dr. Allen Berger. Allen is back on the podcast this week— as he is the third week of every month— to share more of the “whys and hows” behind the book. In this episode, Dan and Allen talk about why they chose to write a book specifically for women. The Man Rules tend to prohibit men from being truly open and honest about who they are and what they...

Duration:00:35:36

Daddy Download - What About Me?

8/13/2018
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Everyone told you being a Dad would be hard, right? Many probably even said, “Nothing can prepare you…” And, man, they were so right. There’s nothing we can tell you to make the transition to being a new Dad a smooth and easy one, but we can help you figure out how to be more involved, more present, and more engaged as a parent and a partner. That’s what we’re aiming to do in this series of Daddy Downloads from The Man Rules podcast. In this episode, Dan shares some thoughts on how Dads can...

Duration:00:05:45

A Tribute to Tim Clausen

8/9/2018
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Tim Clausen, author, jazz musician, and friend of The Man Rules podcast, passed away on July 29. Tim was on a mission to help men—especially gay men—find their voices, find peace, and find love in all of its many forms. We were so fortunate to have known him and to have had him as a guest on the show, where he modeled the emotional courage and open curiosity about his own inner life and the inner lives of others we believe is key to helping men lead happier, healthier lives. In this...

Duration:00:41:44

I Love You...Man

7/30/2018
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It’s rarely easy for any of us to say “I love you” for the first time. But, this can be especially true when one straight guy loves another straight guy. Of course, those times are changing. Especially thanks to your friends at Budweiser all of those years ago. The Water doesn’t leave much room for expressing all the different types of love that men experience. It’s okay to express familial love, and it’s okay to express love for a person you are interested in having sex with or currently...

Duration:00:51:08

Men are From France, Women are From Spain

7/23/2018
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It’s been said that men are women are from totally different planets. All of the struggles they have in relating to one another are a result of the fact that they are just two totally different species, and the only way to bridge the gap is to study the culture, habits, and communication styles of the other and try to adapt the best you can. There’s only one, small, potential problem with that approach. It may put some of us in a mindset that, when communicating with our partners, we should...

Duration:00:35:22

Men After #MeToo

7/16/2018
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Change is hard. And, as men, we’re being asked to do a lot of it lately. The good news? We’re prepared for it. We’ve been preparing all of our lives for it. We just didn’t know. When we were growing up, and people told us that being a man required courage and bravery, we thought they meant the kind of courage it takes to run into burning buildings--but no. They actually meant we needed to be courageous enough to face something even more terrifying: our own feelings. The world’s rapidly...

Duration:01:03:53

Daddy Download - Don’t Get Mad, Get Glad

7/9/2018
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Everyone told you being a Dad would be hard, right? Many probably even said, “Nothing can prepare you…” And, man, they were so right. There’s nothing we can tell you to make the transition to being a new Dad a smooth and easy one, but we can help you figure out how to be more involved, more present, and more engaged as a parent and a partner. That’s what we’re aiming to do in this series of Daddy Downloads from The Man Rules podcast. Parenting is full of surprises. Some expected but a lot...

Duration:00:06:58

Need a Vacation From Your Vacation?

7/3/2018
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Everyone looks forward to summer vacation! That is, until it’s actually time to go. That’s when the expectations you’ve had for the perfect, blissful family getaway meet reality. Unless you’re traveling solo to a remote, private tropical island and have no responsibilities or obligations to contend with at home--and if so, who are you and how do you do it?-- you’re bound to run into some stress and disappointment before, during, and after your trip. In this episode, Dan checks in from his...

Duration:00:20:38

Not the Son He Expected: Deep Dive with Tim Clausen

6/25/2018
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The stories we tell about our Dads can shape the way we feel about ourselves and about the world. If your father was distant or critical, you may struggle with the idea that you’re not “man enough.” You may also have a hard time trusting that others will accept you when you’re just being yourself. On the flip side, your Dad may feel pain and regret for his inability to connect with you. Few men are encouraged to develop their relational skills as they grow up--in fact, they are often...

Duration:00:51:10

More Than a Moustache

6/21/2018
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The Movember Foundation is a multinational charity that aims to raise awareness of and money for men’s health. They address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. And it's definitely not just about moustaches! In this episode, one of Movember’s Senior VPs, Mark Hedstrom, sits down with Dan to talk specifically about mental health among fathers (since it is #FathersMonth after all…) As a society, we’ve...

Duration:00:57:20

Daddy Download: 3 Co-Parenting Tips for New Dads

6/14/2018
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Everyone told you being a Dad would be hard, right? Many probably even said, “Nothing can prepare you…” And, man, they were so right. There’s nothing we can tell you that will make the transition to being a Dad a smooth and easy one, but we can help you figure out how to be more involved, more present, and more engaged as a parent and a partner. That’s what we’re aiming to do in this series of Daddy Downloads from The Man Rules podcast. You can listen to each episode in the same amount of...

Duration:00:05:21

Good Grief, Dad

6/11/2018
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In this monthly What Men Would Tell You...If They Weren’t Too Busy Watching TV episode, Dan talks with Dr. Allen Berger about Dads--Specifically, the ways in which many men carry hidden grief over their relationships with their fathers. Men tend to bury and carry a lot of grief about their relationships with their Dads. Whether their Dads died or left the family when they were young, or were just emotionally absent during their upbringing, many men suffered from a deep, underlying sadness...

Duration:00:46:55