If you love shoot-'em-up movies that are secretly about depression and religion, then you've probably already seen the 2008 blockbuster Wanted. The movie reflects a lot of the stresses and stereotypes of masculinity and how a lot of men deal with them.
I talk at length about anxiety and depression and how the pressure to "be a man" can often lead us into unfulfilling lives. And how doing so can be detrimental to our mental health. I also talk about how women are portrayed in fantasy/action films such as this one, as well as religion, and finding the motivation to improve your life.
In the first part of the show, I discuss the bill that recently passed in North Carolina that bans transgender people from the bathrooms they feel most comfortable using, and how a number of big-name companies and celebrities have responded to the legislation.
Remember to send me your thoughts on gender segregated bathrooms. Do you think it is important for public restrooms to remain gendered? And if so, what are some compelling arguments for keeping the genders distinguished?
– Movie dialogue and sound clips from Wanted courtesy of Universal Pictures
- April 25, 2016