What do we mean by the term "needs?" Many times, we use the word "need" to refer to "that which the organism requires in order to survive." This is totally legitimate when we're talking about surviving in the raft after the ship goes down or surviving in a time of plague.
Family & Relationships
We have only just now reached the inflection point in human history where we could even begin this conversation. Up until this very time, the conversation has been blocked twice over by (1) our need to address the problem of survival and (2) older cultural institutions that claimed this subject matter as theirs.
Have you ever kissed your partner only to hear “ugh, get a room” or “come on, not in front of the kids”? This old trope would be more laughable if it were firmly in the rearview mirror of history, but it’s not. There are still a lot of parents out there who think public displays of affection (PDA) in front of their kids are something to be ashamed of.
What makes toxic masculinity toxic is when stereotypical, culturally appropriate masculine behaviors, beliefs, and perspectives are taken from something healthy and inspiring and made into something rigid and unnecessarily destructive.
Read Steven's take on the dangers of toxic masculinity in the gay community, in The Advocate.
Steven joins Alise and Brian, of the Betches Sup podcast, to talk about the effects of toxic masculinity on our culture, and how we can connect to our own human need for intimacy. They also talk about incels, the need for men to have meaningful friendships, and how sex ed fails to teach the most important aspects of human sexuality.
The one thing we all have in common is that we’re alive. Besides that, our experiences may vary. So how do we make the best of our time here? This week, we discuss the three things we all need to live a happy, healthy and balanced life.
Drama is the needless escalation of a problem, and there are people who thrive on it. So, how do we handle drama and the people who perpetuate it in our own lives? Click here to learn more.
Do you remember “the talk," sex ed, figuring out sexuality and how awkward it all was? Shouldn’t we be able to make it easier for the next generation? This week Steven and Jackie sit down with Nicole Howes from Reno Moms Blog and Jonathan Salkoff from Reno Dads Blog to discuss when, where and how we can do a better job teaching kids about sexuality.