What does it mean to be a modern man? The traditional version, a stoic/repressed bloke who’s simultaneously responsible for his family and mystified by their emotions, just doesn’t seem to fit anymore.
In this six-part podcast, Wairarapa-based former professional rugby player John Daniell, now a writer and father of two girls, meets up with Auckland journalist and student Glenn McConnell.
They try to work out why so many men pose with dead fish on Tinder, and talk to a prominent historian grappling with how a sport where putting your head between men’s buttocks became such a high point of New Zealand culture.
They also meet men using tikanga Māori as a framework for modern masculinity, a scientist talking about the way testosterone works, and others looking for answers to their own violent behaviour.
Comedian Tom Sainsbury brings his own take, turning the Snapchat filter on masculinity in New Zealand.
The podcast is in six episodes - two episodes are released each weekend over three weeks from January 17.