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Alpha Males With Podcasts: Redefining Masculinity

Maryam H. Asghar

Staff Writer


Via X.com


Information has never been more accessible than it is today, in a period of technological advancement. Blogs, YouTube Channels, social media platforms, and podcasts empower individuals to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Amongst these voices are “alpha” males: strong, confident, and assertive men, particularly making use of podcasts to share their ideas — ideas that impact young boys’ perception in regards to masculinity.


The Cambridge Dictionary defines an alpha male as “the most successful and powerful male in any group,” also noting it can mean “a strong and successful man who likes to be in charge of others.” ’Whilst these appear as appealing traits of being driven, tenacious, natural leaders, the modern alpha male often exhibits toxic masculinity, taking those otherwise positive qualities to the extreme, letting competitiveness turn friends into enemies, stepping over others to serve their ambition and allowing aggression to emerge in inappropriate ways according to Forbes


Toxic masculinity, while taking upon traditional traits of manhood, not only harms men by dismissing their emotional expression and their authentic self-expression, but affects women as well, by associating traditional gender roles and views with them. Women are therefore seen as “inferior” and may be diminished, oppressed, silenced of their voices, and objectified. In other words, toxic masculinity leads to misogyny. 


As podcasts and most streaming platforms are available to all audiences, young boys are susceptible to landing on content from alpha male podcasts. According to Edison Research, forty-six percent of young children, aged 6 to 12, in the U.S. have listened to a podcast at least once. Bearing in mind that children’s brains are highly impressionable, observation and role models can affect a child’s behaviour, mindset, and development. In light of these observations, it is beneficial for young boys to keep role models that embody healthy expressions of masculinity with whom the young man may be empowered while learning to respect oneself and those around him. As the American psychologist Albert Bandura said: "Children are great imitators. So, give them something great to imitate." 

The goal is not to erase masculinity, but to protect it; to protect men’s self-expression, and to protect women as well by deconstructing misogyny. In a world where alpha male podcasts share thoughts such as:  “Women preserve their value, men create it” (The No Filter Podcast);  “If my wife lets herself go after I have kids with her, I’m gonna tell her once: ‘Get your shit together.’ I still wanna be sexually attracted to my wife, my spouse. If you can’t do that, I’m out” (No Filter Podcast); or even “A key that opens any lock is a master lock. A lock that opens to any key is a shitty lock” (Myron Gaines, FreshandFit Podcast), masculinity has been taken out of context, turning it from a symbol of strength and leadership into a toxic ideology that harms both men and women by creating vile gender stereotypes. To create a better world for young boys and women, masculinity should be reconstructed with empathy and integrity to become a source of empowerment for young boys.


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