“What we consume as humans should be taken very seriously.”
When did we decide it’s “manly” to repress our emotions, oppress the weak and deny our shared humanity?
Somewhere along the way the aspirational qualities of masculinity have been denuded by a cultural perversion of the gender norm.
Because caring and compassion should not be gender specific.
This week on the podcast I sit down with my friend Dominick Thompson to reclaim the best of what it means to be truly masculine. Because there is nothing more manly than demonstrating compassion over dominance. Protection over prey. Restraint over force. Understanding over judgment. And love over bigotry.
A leading voice in the vegan & plant-based athlete communities, Domz is an athlete, activist, and the founder of NYC-based start up Crazies and Weirdos — hip, sustainable and eco-friendly clothing made from recycled and organic materials. He is also the founder of Iron Brukal, a sports and fitness brand dedicated to the working professional, with plans to open training facilities in 2019.
Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur and activist, Dominick was a healthcare executive responsible for the business development and management of hospital systems and other providers across the eastern region of the United States. A working athlete, Dominick’s intense training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He competes in 10-12 endurance races per year, including marathons, triathlons, and ultra-races.
Dominick has been recognized for his activism across a variety of major news outlets, including NPR News, ABC News, Men’s Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Esquire, Thrive Magazine, Origin Magazine, PETA.com and more. Online, Dominick activates his 159,000+ Instagram followers with a pull-no-punches mix of brutal truth education with relatable, uplifting inspiration
Behind the social media and accolades, there is far more to Dominick Thompson than meets the eye. A potent, at times harrowing tale, Domz’s narrative is one of unfortunate circumstance. scarring incarceration and a most unlikely redemption.
It’s also a story never previously told.
I appreciate Dom’s trust and the opportunity to help share his life account. A powerful, must listen episode, this is a conversation about hope and belief. It’s about a healthy conceptualization of masculinity and the responsibilities that role entails. It’s about the resolve required to transcend the victimhood of circumstance. And it’s about rebirth into a purposeful life of meaning and service.
Survivor. Role model. Hero. Awesome human being. Good friend. Domz is the genuine article. And today he delivers the goods.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this powerful, much-anticipated exchange.
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference
- Connect With Dominick: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
- YouTube: Dominick Thompson vegan athlete & clothing maker – NARD NYC 2016
- Animal Voices: Vegan Triathlete Dominick Thompson and Former MFA Undercover Investigator Geoff Regier by Jen Dobell
- PETA: These Vegan Bodybuilders Will Literally Smash Your Vegan Stereotype
- Documentary: What The Health*
- Muscle & Fitness: 6 Ripped Vegans You Should Follow
- Discerning Brute: Healthy Hero: Dominick Thompson
- Animal Voices: Vegan Triathlete Dominick Thompson and Former MFA Undercover Investigator Geoff Regier
- Bustle: How I Finally Embraced The V- Word (No, Not That One)
- The Guardian: ‘As boys, we are told to be brave’: men on masculinity and mental health
Notable People Discussed
- Soca: a.k.a. “Scruff McFly”, Dom’s four legged daughter
- Shaka Senghor: convicted murderer, college lecturer, author, and podcast guest
- Dr. Michelle McMacken: plant-based primary care physician and podcast guest
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