masculinity

Cuddle Puddle

Cuddling permeates many of our closest relationships, whether platonic or romantic - but why? Cristen and Caroline investigate the nature and nurture of cuddling, why some people are now paying for a good snuggle and who wins the spooning battle of the sexes.

Bye Felipe

Online dating offers documentary proof of men not handling women's sexual rejection gracefully. Cristen and Caroline talk about what happens when masculinity constructs and swiping left collide and why straight guys sometimes can't take 'no' for an answer.

Why Some Guys Can't Handle Getting Turned Down

Regardless of the communication tactic, ultimately saying "no" can lead to a backlash of breakup proportions despite a relationship that never even existed...

Man Caves

Do men need domestic sanctuaries to escape the pressures of modern manhood? Welcome to man caves -- also known as mantuaries and manspaces -- for guys in search of a room of one's own.

Greek Brotherhood

How did Greek fraternities become a part of college life? Cristen and Caroline investigate the history of fraternities and how problems hazing, drinking and sexual assault threaten their future existence.

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The Best Little Boy in the World Hypothesis

When it comes to gay men, the positive stereotypes abound. In the words of Northwestern University associate professor Brian Mustanski, gay men are often characterized as being "fit, well dressed, good looking and rich," which doesn't sound like bad thing at all. A pair of psychologists has examined whether these stereotypes of gay men as striving for (and apparently attaining) perfection holds any merit and have come up with, as a result, The Best Little Boy in the World Hypothesis.

How Testosterone Works

How does this muscle-building hormone act in the body? What's the relationship between testosterone and masculinity? Does testosterone fuel aggression, or the other way around? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn more about this oft-misunderstood hormone.

Did you know that summer camp started to toughen up "weakly boys" before it became popular with kids across the nation? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen recount the history of U.S. summer camps, from the early days to modern specialty summer camps.