All interviews were conducted in organic environments. This is a fancy way of saying that sometimes the sound is great–sometimes it ain’t. Interviewing usually took place at kitchen tables or bedroom desks, so sometimes a breeze blows through the window and muffles the sound, sometimes an ambulance goes by or a woman walks her dog outside talking on a cell phone. Though I’ve interviewed a lot of people professionally, I’ve never done so for audio content, so sometimes I laugh or make little noises that I probably shouldn’t. I also sometimes treat the interviews more like conversations and ask a lot of questions or offer my take (this is especially the case when I’ve just had caffeine).
Other times, I try to take myself completely out of the equation and let the interviewee’s voice stand just as it is. I’ve broken the interviews up by question, so feel free to bounce around based on whatever topics interest you the most.
Special and heartfelt thanks to the men who volunteered their time, stories, and honesty to this project. Some of them I knew personally, but most I’d never met before. Because vulnerability is largely degraded in our culture–particularly for heterosexual men–I’ve changed the names of all participants to protect their identities.