Vivek Shraya’s new bestseller, I’m Afraid of Men, was called “cultural rocket fuel” by Variety—and for good reason. On this episode, Vivek chats with Mica about what inspired the book and its attention-getting title, why toxic masculinity isn’t a very productive term, and how the pursuit of self-love can be exhausting and even demoralizing.

Writer and musician Mica Lemiski interviews women and non-binary artists about a range of topics (gender! politics! love! literature!) in a podcast best-suited to bitches, witches, and anyone who’s ever been called “hysterical.”

Episode Twenty: Should We Stop Calling Masculinity Toxic? Vivek Shraya Talks Men, Transness, and Self-Love

Vivek Shraya’s new bestseller, I‘m Afraid of Men, was called “cultural rocket fuel” by Variety—and for good reason. On this episode, Vivek chats with Mica about what inspired the book and its attention-getting title, why toxic masculinity isn’t a very productive term, and how the pursuit of self-love can be exhausting and even demoralizing. Mica and Vivek also chat fashion, make-up, and how navigating the commercial retail space as a trans woman can be . . . frustrating. Vivek also tells us about the most amazing, powder blue, shoulder-padded jacket in the world, and why double-denim (aka the “Canadian tuxedo”) is way cooler than Justin and Britney made it look in 2001.

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About the Host

Mica Lemiski is an MFA student at UBC and contributor to Room (“Tiny Parts,” Issue 39.2). Her thesis project is a combination of comedic personal essays and original music, which is being developed into a podcast series. She is the host of “Fainting Couch Feminists.” She is originally from Vernon, B.C. but is currently based in Vancouver.

Follow Mica on Twitter @MicaLemiski

Credits

Hosting, editing, and all music by Mica Lemiski 
Produced by Room magazine and Mica Lemiski