On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
Christian Lopez is the host of Behind the Mask-ulinity. Read on to learn more about the podcast and how it came to be a part of the tethr family.
Behind the Mask-ulinity started July of 2019. It’s been downloaded over 15,000 times, with 62 episodes and counting.
Tell us in your own words what the podcast is about ?
Where we have conversations about topics men don’t usually talk about: fear, insecurities, shame, doubt, sadness, loneliness, depression, failure, crying, unworthiness and anything else that is deemed “unmanly”.
We have these conversations not to elicit pity, but to free ourselves of the pressure to put on this macho facade and prove our masculinity because one day someone said “us men aren’t supposed to talk about these things, that’s for pussies”. Fuck that.
Yes, it’s important to celebrate our wins, but it’s just as important to open up vulnerably about the emotions that make us feel like failures, feelings that we all experience at one point or another.
I believe that suppressing these things is what is leading to all the ramifications we see for us men like suicide and violence and I want to inspire other men to open up about these things and feel what it feels like to know that they’re not alone and that every other man experiences them too.
Who would you say is your target audience?
Men 20-50, but I feel all men could get something out of this.
Why did you start a podcast?
Because of the fear, insecurity, shame, unworthiness I felt after my baseball career came to an end. It was a struggle to find purpose and identity again and I know I’m not the only one who has struggled with this. I want to speak up about it in the hopes of getting men to not feel alone and speak up about their own struggles.
What’s the special sauce you bring to every episode?
Authenticity. Not trying to pretend I’m someone other than who I am, and I expect the same from my guests.
Tell us about 1 -3 of your fav episodes people can go back and listen to?
Why did you join the tethr podcast family?
To spread the message and support and inspire other men
Any words for the men in our community?
Vulnerability is not weakness. If being a man means being courageous, there is nothing more courageous than sharing your truth, especially when your truth might elicit responses like “pussy... bitch... beta male” or any ridiculing statement. That’s courage!
(Inspired by Brené Brown)