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Introducing the “New Masculinities Playlist” by Brian Heilman

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Aaaaaand, we’re back, here on KBWB 99.5, Bridges We Burn radio! Thank you for tuning in to this inaugural installment of the New Masculinities Playlist. My name is Brian, and I’ll be your DJ, bringing you all the hits—new and old—in the genre of radical masculine truths. Who am I? I’m a handful of things:…

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All I Needed Was The Love You Gave: “13 Reasons Why” is Brutal and Necessary Storytelling on Bullying, Sexual Violence, & Suicide

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Author’s Note: This editorial is rooted in my personal experience, and my interpretation of the television series, 13 Reasons Why. I am not a professional/expert on suicide or depression, nor am I a clinical psychologist, therapist, or psychiatrist. As a certified Advocate for victim/survivors of sexual violence, I have training and experience in trauma counseling.…

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Curmudgeons – A Short Film by Danny DeVito

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Actor and director Danny DeVito brings us an endearing love story reminding us that we are never too old, nor is it ever too late, to be happy. While affirming that love takes many forms, this short film is funny, a little bit crass, and most importantly really lovely. At a mere 15-minutes, “Curmudgeons” is well…

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“All About Love: New Visions” by bell hooks

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hooks begins with the recognition that we are growing up in a society definied by, “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” This transformative text seeks to explore alternative interpersonal dynamics and relationships, with an emphasis on empathy, understanding, and work as foundational to love. hooks acknowledges the pitfalls of patriarchal society and focuses on how to…

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33 Questions to Ask Your Lover: Can You Handle the Truth

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Toxic masculinity requires that men distance themselves from their romantic and intimate partners, closing themselves off behind walls of isolation and entitlement. Harmful norms of masculinity do not allow for men to connect with their feelings, making it nearly impossible to connect or empathize with the emotional experience of someone with whom they are in…

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Love Is Not Enough

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Love and compatibility do not necessarily go hand in hand. And our ability to love someone does not negate their capacity to hurt us. Relationships rooted in mutual respect, empathy, trust, and caring take more than just love to be healthy relationships. Mark Manson explores this dynamic in a powerful and heartfelt article on love…

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Casual Love

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I might have been saved a lot of confusion and a lot of heartbreak had I been able to read this article in my youth. I also may have been party to far more love–being more open to receive others’ love, and feeling more at liberty to give mine. Learning to hear “I love you”…

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The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life)

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For most of my life, I understood there to be two different types of love: the love you feel, and is assumed to exist, amongst ones family of origin, and the romantic love that would develop between two people who date, are intimate, and will one day get married. It was a struggle to learn…

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