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A podcast about men, dating, and societal influences on masculinity. Host Street Saint analyzes fictional narratives and your personal stories to find out what it means to be a man.

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4.01: Black Lives Matter (And So Can You!)
<p>Welcome to the fourth season of the Romeo And… Podcast! </p><div>This season, I will be presenting to you “Romeo And… Lite” in light of other podcast production demands, a defunct website, higher preparatory demands, and other concerns. But fear not! We’ve still got all the great musings you’ve come to love!</div> <p> </p><div>In this episode, I share the story of how I came to appreciate the Black Lives Matter movement, and what I’ve learned about myself and my own experiences in the process.</div> <p> </p><div>Be sure to let me know your thoughts and share them with me at contact@stsaint.com or 516-514-7878.</div> <p> </p>
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3.11: The Sandlot PLUS Reactions to Gun Violence
<div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong style="font-size:13.3333px;">SEASON FINALE! </strong></div> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Celebrating one more completed season of the podcast. Unfortunately, it is in the midst of numerous tragedies going on in our country. I don’t want to end the season on a somber note, but I can’t ignore the hate that continues to claim the lives of innocent Americans. I do my best to find a silver lining, but doing so during such a sad time is never easy. </span></div> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><font face="Arial, Verdana"> <br /></font></div> <div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><font face="Arial, Verdana">This episode’s movie review is on The Sandlot, the coming of age cult classic that you probably still remember if you were raised in the 90s. There is so much to say about the film. And since it was so [...]</font></div>
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3.10: Pleasantville PLUS The Depp-Heard Controversy
<div><font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Critical discussion of the film Pleasantville by Gary Ross. On the surface it’s about two teens who get trapped in a black and white television world. Below the surface we see a pointed commentary of society, discrimination, and reluctance to change. And it is this mentality that informs many of the ways people develop opinions on topics like gender and masculinity. </span></font></div> <div><font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br /></span></font></div> <div><font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">I discuss Tobey Maguire’s character David and how he goes through the all-too-familiar transition from geeky loser to self-confident man. We often see this transformation in film, but both the definition of “loser” as well as the solution to being a “loser” is problematic when you consider how this translates to real-life men. Additionall [...]</span></font></div>
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3.09: Chasing Amy PLUS How Much is Too PC?
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Today, I talk about the film Chasing Amy. Written, directed, and staring Kevin Smith, the iconic film was a breakthrough in the cultural conversation of homosexuality and bisexuality. Smith does a great job of talking about big societal issues through the gaze of your average, comic book loving male nerd. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I discuss how Smith handles the topic of homosexuality, but I focus on his portrayal of men. The way men think about topics like falling in love, unrequited love, and getting over a breakup. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">At the top of the show, I talk about political correctness and how the conc [...]</p>
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3.08: xXx PLUS The Mask You Live In
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">The movie xXx was iconic, not just because it spearheaded Vin Diesel into our hearts as an action superstar, and not just because of its one-of-a-kind stunts that were performed on camera. It also taught us a little something about what it means to be men. At least, what the creators of the film xXx thought it meant to us to be men. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this week’s movie analysis I discuss how the toxic representations of masculinity in the movie xXx can work to shape our understanding of maleness into a narrow box. As if there is only one way to be a man, and Vin Diesel is doing it better than you. I also talk about the women in the film and how they are pictured simply as a means to reinforce this idea of masculinity [...]</p>
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3.07: Wanted PLUS Policing the Bathroom
<p style="margin:10px 0px 20px;padding:0px;color:rgb(17,17,17);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:13.6px;line-height:21.76px;">If you love shoot-’em-up movies that are secretly about depression and religion, then you’ve probably already seen the 2008 blockbuster <em>Wanted</em>. The movie reflects a lot of the stresses and stereotypes of masculinity and how a lot of men deal with them. </p> <p style="margin:10px 0px 20px;padding:0px;color:rgb(17,17,17);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:13.6px;line-height:21.76px;">I talk at length about anxiety and depression and how the pressure to “be a man” can often lead us into unfulfilling lives. And how doing so can be detrimental to our mental health. I also talk about how women are portrayed in fantasy/action films such as this one, as well as religion, and finding the motivation to improve your life. </p> <p style="margin:10px 0px 20px;padding:0px;color:rgb(17,17,17);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:13.6px;"></p>
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3.06: The Princess Bride PLUS Virtual Reality Sex!
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">My analysis of the classic film, The Princess Bride. After completing the novel by William Goldman, I decided that I had to halt any further movie reviews and talk about this one. I know how influential it was for me, and I know how influential it is for a lot of people in my generation. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Specifically, I talk about how the film and the novel portray gender. The titular Princess herself is very different from many other princesses we are used to seeing in movies and stories. She is not “dainty” and “fragile.” She is opinionated and confident. She is determined and strong. Nevertheless, there are still times when her portrayal, especially in the film, reflect the traditional depictions o [...]</p>
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3.05: Wall-E PLUS The Definition of Evil
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Wall-E is the Disney/Pixar classic about a trash-compacting robot who goes on an adventure to save the human race. But beyond that, it’s about saving the environment, the dangers of consumerism, men, women, and following your heart. There’s a whole lot of awesome to unpack. And I do exactly that in this episode of the show! </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I discuss some of the major themes in the movie; namely, our responsibility toward the conservation of our planet, and how big businesses can take over the world if left unchecked. But mainly, I discuss how masculinity and femininity is portrayed in the forms of Wall-E and Eve. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter';"></p>
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3.04: Gone Girl PLUS The (New) Ghostbusters
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Sharing my thoughts on the 2014 movie <em>Gone Girl</em> starring Ben Affleck. The film touches on a lot of issues regarding gender as well as race and privilege, so naturally, I had to take a swing at it. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;"><strong>EPIC SPOILER ALERT!</strong> Do not listen to this episode of the show if you haven’t yet seen the movie or read the book <em>Gone Girl</em>. Mainly because I don’t want to be the one to ruin such a great story for you. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I discuss how men are often unfairly portrayed by the media, and how women are often idolized and seen as “pure.&#38; [...]</p>
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3.03: 10 Things I Hate About You PLUS The White Race
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Taking a trip down nostalgia lane and breaking down the 90s teen drama of 90s teen dramas, <em>10 Things I Hate About You</em>. The film was in a lot of ways a reflection of the millennial generation and shows us a somewhat cringe-worthy picture of our mindset 20 years ago. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">That said, the film does a lot of things right. The screenplay was written by women, there is more than one minority character, the women in the film have personalities, and each character has strengths and weaknesses. To be fair, the play the story was based on was written by Shakespeare himself. Unfortunately, the movie still leaves us with the impression that being a feminist means being too unpleasant to be able to date men. </p>[...]
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3.02: Secretary PLUS The Relationship Trinity
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I continue my discussion of <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>; however, this time using a film that does the BDSM community a little more justice. I break down the movie <em>Secretary</em> and share why it is not only a better quality film, but has more developed and relatable characters, a more moving storyline, and better representations of bondage, masochism, and consent. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">That said, the film does not do everything right and there are still a number of pitfalls in the story that I raise. Even so, it is a fantastic movie and I highly recommend it, regardless of your relationship to BDSM. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman';"></p>
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3.01: 50 Shades of Grey PLUS The End of Capitalism?
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">SEASON PREMIER! </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In the first episode of season 3, we take a look at the movie <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>, and why everyone love/hated it. Who is Christian Grey? What does he represent? What makes him such a terrible person? Why does everyone love him anyway? Why should we even care? </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I argue that Anastasia, the story’s leading lady, is actually the classic “Nice Guy,” but in a woman’s body (and Grey is her Manic Pixie Dream Billionaire). I also briefly discuss how the film falsely portrays BDSM and consent, and how romance novels like <em>50 [...]</em></p>
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2.22: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Happy Holidays! For this very special, season finale episode of Romeo And… I give you my review of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058536/">Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer</a>, the 1964 classic based on the ever popular Christmas song of the same name. The film has been a Christmas tradition in my family for several years, and was one of my first explorations into the world of sex discrimination. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I discuss how differently discrimination was addressed 50 years ago, and the way these sex differences were regarded. How we addressed discrimination then paints a very distinct (and often hilarious) picture of the way we look at these same issues today. Unfortunately, though we enjoy much more equa [...]</p>
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2.21: My Spiritual Awakening (Discussion)
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Continuing from the <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/12/2-20-my-spiritual-awakening/">previous episode of the show</a>, I discuss the story <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/12/2-20/">My Spiritual Awakening</a>. Though the story focuses a lot on how I came to become a Unitarian Universalist, I focus my discussion on my experience with my crush, Yolanda. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I discuss how I handled the situation in general (what I did well, what I should not have done), how men are shamed for feeling sexual desire, how we teach men that being chauvinist is acceptable, and that women do not all have the same interests simply because they are women. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia;"></p>
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2.20: My Spiritual Awakening
<p style="font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;color:rgb(51,51,51);line-height:24px;">Sharing the story “My Spiritual Awakening” about going to college, finding religion, and finding myself. Also, about <em>not</em> finding love, of course. Essentially my origin story of converting to Unitarian Universalism. </p> <p style="font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;color:rgb(51,51,51);line-height:24px;">Not only is this the last story I will be sharing on the podcast before season 3, it will likely be the last long-form story I will be doing on the show. Going forward, I will most likely revert back to sharing shorter stories. Additionally, I will be focused more on sharing stories from guests and listeners like you, so be sure to send your stories in to me! </p> <p style="font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;"></p>
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2.19: Gladiator
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">This week, I reviewed the 2000 instant classic <em>Gladiator</em> by Ridley Scott. When I chose the movie, I figured there would be a whole lot I could talk about in regards to gender representation. I was mistaken. To my surprise, the film was so good, that I couldn’t come up with a whole lot to criticize it about. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">And instead of trying to pull the film apart anyway, just because I can, I decided to call a spade a spade, to demonstrate that not every piece of media needs to be torn apart. <em>Gladiator</em> is an example of a movie that doesn’t necessarily do everything “right,” but does what it does without falling into tired conventions and stereotypes just to pad the plot.  [...]</p>
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2.18: Q&A - What are “Men’s Issues”?
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Answering questions about men’s issues from men’s rights activists. After hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights" title="">men’s rights subreddit</a>, I compiled a list of questions many MRAs have for feminists. Unfortunately, (mainly due to my own oversights) the people who commented on my post were all looking for an argument. As a result, most of the information I could gather from the AMA is ineffectual. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">However, the actual questions I was asked were thought provoking and yielded some good insight as to what many men’s rights activists dislike about our current social systems, as well as where my thoughts and theirs overlap. </p> <p></p>
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2.17: Dress How You Want to Feel - Interview with Serastar Freese
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/09/2-09-our-whole-lives-interview-with-elizabeth-mount/">episode 9 of the show</a>, I discussed how I felt about men’s fashion, especially at award shows. Women seem to have all the options, while men have the choice of: black suit, grey suit, or white suit. In response to this, seamstress and artist <a href="https://www.facebook.com/craftcaravancolorado/">Serastar Freese</a> got in touch with me to open my eyes a bit about men’s fashion and the options that do exist in dressing up. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">A lot of men think of suits as “one suit fits all.” Meaning, your one suit can be worn to any formal event, in any location, at any time of the year. And t [...]</p>
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2.16: For the Love of Flying Trapeze (Discussion)
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I shared the story <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/11/2-15-for-the-love-of-flying-trapeze-full-text/">For the Love of Flying Trapeze</a> in the <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/11/2-15-for-the-love-of-flying-trapeze-story/">previous episode</a> of the show. This week, I’m following up with my analysis of what I learned and what conclusions could be drawn from the events. I hit on some really key points as well. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Namely, I talk about long distance relationships and what conditions need to be true in order for them to succeed. I explain how to tell if someone is flirting with you or if they are just being friendly, and whether the distinction is important to make (spoiler: it’ [...]</p>
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2.15: For the Love of Flying Trapeze (Story)
<p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Sharing the story <a href="Sharing%20the%20story%20" title="">For the Love of Flying Trapeze</a> about my experience dating a fellow circus person. With the challenges of constant travel and irregular schedules, it can be extremely difficult to be in a relationship when you work in the circus world. That difficulty is multiplied when you add the fact that you are a socially anxious “Nice Guy”… </p> <p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">At the top of the show, I talk about the video game streaming website <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/">Twitch</a> and the recent tightening of its dress policy. The new policy was targeted almost exclusively at female streamers who would attempt to entice youn [...]</p>
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2.14: The Baxter
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Movie analysis of the independent comedy <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401244/">The Baxter</a> by Michael Showalter. The film centers around the character in a romantic movie who is left at the alter. He is the guy who the leading lady starts dating after breaking up with the leading man. He is a nice guy, but he is not right for her. And this movie shows us exactly why. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In my analysis, I talk about the defining features of a Baxter (aka. Nice Guy). Namely, they are naive losers who don’t know what they really want or need out of life and relationships. I discuss how the aversion to taking risks is often falsely cited as the cause of the Baxter’s failure to maintain a relationship, and [...]</p>
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2.13: Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I took a visit to the <a href="http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/csmm/">Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities</a> after <a href="http://nyti.ms/1ksayX7">reading an article</a> about their new masters program in “Masculinities Studies.” At first, I was just confused about why they insisted on making “masculinities” plural all the time, but I figured I could learn a lot from people who study men professionally. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I did end up learning a whole lot in just the few hours I was there, including how much biology informs our perceptions of gender, why gender inequality exists in most cultures, and of course, what the difference is between “masculinity [...]</p>
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2.12: Be Careful What You Wish For, Lest it be Tula (Discussion)
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I look back at the story from last week, <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/10/2-11-be-careful-what-you-wish-for-lest-it-be-tula-story/">Be Careful What You Wish For, Lest it be Tula</a>, and discuss what was learned from it. I cover a lot of topics in this episode; and I think there are a lot of great highlights for men as well as women. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">The broader concepts I talk about are race and interracial dating, how anxiety brings us to find excuses for our behavior, how we sometimes ignore certain facts about our lives simply because they don’t seem fair, and how Tula and I both fell short in pursuing the relationship. I definitely recommend checking out this episode because I hit on a lot of great [...]</p>
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2.11: Be Careful What You Wish For, Lest it be Tula (Story)
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Last month, I invited a listener on to the show to share her stories about dating. At one point, she asked me if I had ever been asked out by a woman. I said that I had once, it was awful, and I would share the story on the show. Well, today is the day! </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In “<a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/10/2-11-be-careful-what-you-wish-for-lest-it-be-tula-full-text/" title="">Be Careful What You Wish For, Lest it be Tula</a>,” I am accosted by a girl and her friend in middle school who has a crush on me. The whole incident made me feel uncomfortable and embarrassed, and I learned a lot about myself in the process. I look forward to sharing more of that insight with you next week, when I further analyz [...]</p>
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2.10: Transformers
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">What does the movie <em>Transformers</em> teach us about masculinity? You might find that there’s more in the film than meets the eye… </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In the movie, strong statements are made about what it means to be a teenager in America and what is important to these teenage boys. Namely cars and women.  We also see the pinnacle of manliness in soldiers in the army. It seems that, in order to be a true man, one must join the armed forces and fight for their country. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Lastly, I take a look at Meghan Fox’s character Mikaela. Fox is often criticized as being noth [...]</p>
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2.09: Our Whole Lives - Interview with Elizabeth Mount
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">I have a conversation with <a href="http://www.uua.org/re/owl">Our Whole Lives</a> (OWL) educator Elizabeth Mount. OWL is a program for sexual education created by the <a href="http://www.uua.org/">Unitarian Universalist</a> and <a href="http://www.ucc.org/">United Church of Christ</a> faiths. The program has a curriculum designed for specific age groups to teach about body awareness, dating, consent, and safe sexual practices. I talked briefly about the OWL program on a <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/09/2-06-don-jon/">previous episode</a> of the show, and I wanted to follow up by chatting with someone who teaches the actual curriculum. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Elizabeth talks about the progression of the OWL cur [...]</p>
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2.08: Post-Story Discussion - Val
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;"><a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/09/2-07-guest-story-val/">In the previous episode</a>, I had a conversation with my guest Val, a bisexual woman, who talked about asking out both men and women. Continuing off of that, I bring up the major points we touched on in the conversation and shed a little more light on them. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">People often say that it is dangerous or uncomfortable for women to approach men and ask them on dates because men could react unpredictably. They could get upset. They might see you has a slut or call you demeaning names. They might talk about you behind your back, or even physically assault you. I definitely agree with all of these points, but when we say this, it seems as though the a [...]</p>
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2.07: Guest Story - Val
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode I am joined by one of our very own podcast listeners. Val came on the show to share her experience being a bisexual woman dealing with the dating world just as everyone else does. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Val talks about how she felt men were privileged to be able to ask out women as opposed to waiting to be asked. However, when it came time to ask people out herself, she found it more stressful than she anticipated. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">We also discuss what happens when women ask out men and how we as a society still tend to think o [...]</p>
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2.06: Don Jon
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, I review the indie film <em>Don Jon</em> by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film centers around topics of pornorgaphy, masculinity, femininity, and relationships. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Trigger Warning: I also talk about the situation regarding Conrad Roy III’s suicide. Roy was a teenager in Massachusetts who took his own life after his girlfriend urged him to go through with it. The details surrounding the case caused me to get a little passionate, but suicide and mental illness are very sensitive topics for me. You can find more details about the trial in the references below. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;"></p>
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2.05: Q&A - Why Do Men Hate Feminists?
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, I’m doing a new segment where I take the time to answer some of your pressing questions about masculinity. Be sure to <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/contact/">send me an email</a> or leave me a voicemail to have your questions featured on the next Q&#38;A episode. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">The questions I answer this episode where inspired by the workshop I led last week about present day masculinity. They include “Why is Feminism a dirty word?” “Why do Feminists hate Men’s Rights Activists?” and “How do you respond to Feminists who try to shut down your arguments?” </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter';"></p>
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2.04: The Dating Lottery
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Mansplaining with Street Saint </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, I discuss dating and give some tips for how to improve your chances of finding a compatible partner (especially for Nice Guys). Nice Guys, or more shy and introverted men, tend to struggle with dating especially since they are expected to take charge when they tend to avoid doing so in almost every other aspect of their lives. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Unfortunately, since we can’t change our whole society’s biases on gender roles immediately, I offer some tips to help you get what you want out of relationships. I compare dating to [...]</p>
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2.03: My Romantic Panic Attack (Discussion)
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Continuing from the <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/08/2-02-my-romantic-panic-attack-story/">previous episode</a>, I discuss <em><a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/08/2-02-lindsey-my-romantic-panic-attack-full-text/">Lindsey - My Romantic Panic Attack</a></em> and how the events impacted my life. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">First off, I talk a bit about consent and how our society tends to overlook it. Consent is vitally important for relationships to work well, but we tend to instead favor subtlety and mystery. Without an open line of communication between partners, relationships are at risk of falling apart. In the worst cases, relationships can become either physically or emotionally abusive. Are you doing your p [...]</p>
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2.02: My Romantic Panic Attack (Story)
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">This week I share a story about an especially traumatic relationship I had when I was in college. From now on, story time is going to be a little different on Romeo And…. Previously, I would share a story and then follow it up with my analysis. I’ll still be doing that, but now you all have more of a chance to chime in with your own feedback. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Here’s how it’s going to work. I’ll tell the story one week and then the following week I’ll provide my analysis. This way you can share your thoughts and ideas with me here, and I’ll have a chance to incorporate your input in my discussion the following week. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia;"></p>
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2.01: The 40 Year Old Virgin
<p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Welcome back, bros! It’s only been a month, but I’ve already missed you all! </p> <p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Welcome to the second season of Romeo And…! I have a lot of exciting plans for this season as well as the seasons going forward; the first of which, and most exciting of all, is that Romeo And… is now a WEEKLY podcast! Same great content, but now every week! </p> <p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">The first episode of the new season is a movie review of The 40 Year Old Virgin. I talk about how one becomes a 40-year-old virgin and what is supposedly [...]</p>
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1.11: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
<p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">SEASON FINALE!! </p> <p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Thanks so much to all of you who have been listening thus far. I’ve already begun my plans for season 2 and can’t wait to get started with it! Check back for new episodes of Romeo And… starting in August 2015. </p> <p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode of the podcast I discuss the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I also put my two cents into the discussion regarding Rachel Dolezal and her claims to be a black woman. </p> <p style="font-weight:normal;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia;"></p>
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1.10: Seeing Myself in Others
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, we’ve got stories of ballroom dance, college, super heroes, flying trapeze, and of course boobs! Another episode with two stories for the price of one! Topics include female body shaming, men playing the hero, and good old fashioned gender roles. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In the first part of the episode, I share a story about a flying trapeze class I taught where two of the teens taking the class were pulled aside and asked to change clothes for fear their boobs might get exposed. In our culture, the fact that women’s breasts are seen as offensive and inappropriate to display publicly I think is worth considering. What do we gain by forcing women to hide their breasts when men are free to do so? Are we r [...]</p>
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1.09: Crazy, Stupid, Love
<p style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;color:rgb(51,51,51);line-height:24px;">In this episode, I critique the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. The film drew a significant audience due to its all-star cast including Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, and Kevin Bacon. And though it is hilariously funny, it sends some troubling messages about masculinity and dating. </p> <p style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;color:rgb(51,51,51);line-height:24px;">I also discuss the problem of sexist dating advice that is often offered to men. Female dating coaches especially tell men to simply “be confident” or “interesting” or “unique” when they approach women. But women never feel the pressure that comes from the approach. Until women are socially approved to approach men, they have to acknowledge the privilege they gain [...]</p>
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1.08: Navigating the Middle School Jungle - A Survival Guide
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, I reflect on my middle school years and “the (other) one that got away.” The story mainly focuses on middle school in general and how terrible an experience it often is, but I also talk about another crush I had and how I (once again) failed to do the right things. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In the beginning of the episode, I talk about the Baltimore riots going on right now and I share another personal story about a run-in with the law. If you didn’t already know, people are gathering in Baltimore, Maryland to protest the police killing another unarmed black American. It sucks that race is still an issue we have to tackle, but it hurts us even more if we pretend that it isn’t a factor. </p> &#60; [...]
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1.07: The Edipus Concert - Interview with Janis Hillard
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, I have a conversation with Janis Hillard of <a href="http://edipus.org/">Edipus.org</a>. Edipus is an organization that is coordinating a concert specifically for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. What is exciting and different about this particular concert is that all of the performers will be male. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">Though it is excellent and important for women to speak out about rape and sexual abuse, we don’t often hear from male voices on these issues. The Edipus Concert seeks to create a platform for men to speak out about rape and pledge their support to the victims and survivors. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times;"></p>
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1.06: The Church of OkCupid
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">This episode of Romeo And… is all about online dating. In the episode I share a story about my experiences on <a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/wp-admin/www.okcupid.com" title="OkCupid">OkCupid</a>. Mostly, it’s pretty sad. The story itself is a dark comedy, and the ending is especially melancholy. Although, I did learn a lot from my experiences and I share all of that in the episode breakdown. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;"><a href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/2015/04/1-06-the-church-of-okcupid-full-text/" title="1.06: The Church of OkCupid (Full Text)">View the full story here</a> <strong>(You must be <a title="Log In" href="http://www.stsaint.com/home/log-in/">logged in</a> to view the full story!) </strong></p> <p></p>
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1.05: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
<p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">In this episode, I discuss the Bechdel Test for superhero movies and analyze <em>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</em>, both the book and the movie. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;font-size:16px;line-height:24px;">The Daily Dot featured an article about the recent superhero movies and how most have failed the Bechdel Test. And though this does highlight a problem with our current tendency toward male dominated and male focused movies, the fact that these films failed the Bechdel Test, I argue, is not as problematic as the author suggests. The problem is that films too often have male protagonists, not that movie writers are too lazy or sexist to write strong female characters. </p> <p style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter';"></p>
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1.04: Laura - Elementary School Romance (pt. 2)
<p style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:normal;"><font face="Georgia">In this episode I feature the second and final story in my Elementary School Romance saga. I also discuss the new 50 Shades of Grey movie as well as Emma Watson’s Q&#38;A on International Women’s Day. </font></p> <p style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:Georgia;">Also, I was featured on the </span><a title="The Vagina Chronicles Podcast" href="http://vaginachroniclespodcast.com/" style="font-family:Georgia;">Vagina Chronicles Podcast</a><span style="font-family:Georgia;">! Hostesses Angela and Toni invited me to have a conversation with them about men and why most guys seem to be afraid of feminism. Find a link to the interview in the references below.</span></p> <p style="font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:normal;line-height:normal;"><span style="font-family:Georgia;">The book [...]</span></p>
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1.03: The Men’s Rights Movement
<div><font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size:13.3333330154419px;">In this episode, we take a look at Rek’Sai, a champion in the online game League of Legends. As one of the most popular video games in the world, League of Legends is leading the gaming industry in more ways than one. Rek’Sai is a demonstration of how Riot Games is working to diversify the way gender is depicted in games. Though Rek’Sai is a visually genderless creature, Riot Games decided to make her female, forcing gamers who would have otherwise assumed she was male first to rethink their assumptions of gender.</span></font></div> <div><font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size:13.3333330154419px;"><br /></span></font></div> <div><font face="Arial, Verdana"><span style="font-size:13.3333330154419px;">The main subject of the episode concerns the Men’s Rights Movement. The movement has seen a lot of popularity in recent years and it has caused a fair bit of controversy. Genera [...]</span></font></div>
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1.02: Naomi - Elementary School Romance (pt. 1)
<p style="font-weight:normal;margin:10px 0px 20px;padding:0px;color:rgb(17,17,17);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:13.6000003814697px;line-height:21.7600002288818px;">In this episode I share a true story I wrote in high school during the 90s. The story centers around my first crush. I was in elementary school, and I was too shy to tell her how I felt.</p> <p style="font-weight:normal;margin:10px 0px 20px;padding:0px;color:rgb(17,17,17);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:13.6000003814697px;line-height:21.7600002288818px;">Ultimately, the events that took place had a significant impact on my life and the way I viewed relationships and dating. Much of the actions I took were informed by what I had learned from the media as a child about what being a man means. In the end, I was left heartbroken and embarrassed and had no idea what I had done wrong.</p> <p style="font-weight:normal;margin:10px 0px 20px;padding:0px;color:rgb(17,17,17);font-family:Georgia, serif;"></p>
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