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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about masculinity and fatherhood.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • This podcast episode talks about the importance of fathers in the family and society.
  • How are fathers seen in the society? Is the role of the father imperative, what is its importance? How do we perceive masculinity and fatherhood nowadays?
  • 2 reasons why it’s challenging for some fathers to take the role:
  1. There are many people who grew up without dads.
  2. The way fatherhood looks now is different than the previous generation.
  • There are a lot factors that changed the dynamics of the modern family. The modern family is not a traditional family anymore because there are different variations now. For example, parents who are both working, some have blended families, some have children who came from previous parents, etc.
  • There was almost an implication that men are sperm donors.
  • The conversation about what moms and dads must be almost feel archaic and should be focused on masculine and feminine ‘energies’. We both have these types of energies inside of us and the interplay of both is what’s very important.
  • Feminine Energy – movement oriented and creative.
  • Masculine Energy – very still, present and creates a safe place for the feminine energy to dance.
  • Women are hypnotically beautiful in their dance. The container is created (masculine energy) so it can appreciate the hypnotic beauty that’s exuded by the feminine energy.
  • Women, when seeking a mate, rests into the container knowing they are safe in expressing their feminine energy.
  • You can have men that have a strong feminine energy and women that radiates masculine energy.
  • The energy does not necessarily imply the gender, although there is a correlation between the two. What works beautifully is the balance between the two energies.
  • In most cases, fathers are expected to show a masculine energy but they don’t have a sense of permission that it’s okay for them to do it.
  • If you are a single parent, regardless if you’re a father or a mother, and you got nobody in your life to help balance it, that doesn’t mean that your kid(s) will grow ill-adjusted.
  • If you can identify what your predominant energy is, ask yourself how you can balance that out. Seek assistance from other people (aunt, brother or sister) and find someone who can bring/emanate the energy.
  • The concept of masculine energy as represented by males are not necessary needs to be re-evaluated.
  • For fathers – The stage of masculinity and fatherhood can be challenging but don’t give up thinking that you’re wrong or bad as a father with a strong masculine presence. It’s not something to apologize.  Express it with self-authority and not with a domineering presence.
  • For mothers – It is easy to see masculinity and fatherhood as a clump of oppression. True and authentic masculine energy is not going to behave in an oppressive way. Resisting all forms of masculinity will not yield good results. It’s a matter of being good at identifying true masculinity as opposed to an immature version of dominance.

 

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  • Bill Parravano
    Reply

    Awesome podcast! You two really hit the nail on the head with this one. This was really applicable for me right now…Thank you…Bill

    • Joel Mark Witt
      Reply

      Thank you Bill for the comment and for listening. We would love to hear any insights you come up with in addition to these.

  • Jerrod
    Reply

    Thanks for keeping an honest and open dialogue. These questions are often on my mind as an expectant father, who is trying to do his best to appreciate his father and his flaws, but also improve and become my own man. Sometimes these concepts and notions get lost in the cultural and political battles that play out in culture. There is nothing liberal or conservative about fatherhood, it is a common human need and experience. Thanks for trying to bridge the gap, and move past the duality that sometimes sullies our culture and divides us from one another. Great insights! Congrats on being parents!

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thank you for your authentic feedback, Jerrod! Congratulations on being an expectant father. I’m sure you will be fabulous!

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