51% Show #1364

Sep 11, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we talk about empowering women and men. First, a producer attempts to crack the mystery of men, and starts The Testosterone Project. Then, we hear from a few high-school students about feminism and gender equality. 

Susie Arnett, a veteran of the television and media business. wanted to better understand men, calling them the greatest mystery of her life. And so she embarked upon The Testosterone Project. It's a six-part web series that explores the evolution of masculinity in modern society through a variety of interviews with leading thinkers on the topic. Arnett's series is posted on GoodMenProject.com, a site described as a diverse community of 21st century thought leaders who are talking about the way men’s roles are changing in modern life—and the way those changes affect everyone. I asked Arnett what prompted The Testosterone Project. 

That was Susie Arnett, who created the web series The Testosterone Project, which can be found on GoodMenProject.com. Arnett, a veteran of the television and media business who once had the role of vice president of programming for Lifetime Television where she was responsible for supervising all program development for a spin-off channel targeted at women ages 12 – 34, is now an independent producer and consultant. She is a resident of Lenox, Massachusetts and founder of Lightfield Media.

Foster High School senior Nandina Cengic is a feminist, filmmaker and activist.
Credit JESENKO SPAHIC

What does it mean to be a feminist? There are many misconceptions and stigma that come with the word. Nandina Cengic is a feminist, a filmmaker, and activist who creates awareness about topics such as domestic violence. She's also a high school student. Her goal is gender equality. Radio Active Reporter Azeb Tuji tries to gain a greater understanding of the importance of empowering women.

Azeb Tuji produced this story as a part of RadioActive youth media in Seattle. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.