Being Male

Being Male

We need to redefine what masculinity means. The traditional views on masculinity no longer works for a lot of men (specifically young men). 

More importantly, we need to have more conversations that define masculinity as a plethora of options: stoic and vulnerable, dominant and submissive, confrontational and peaceful. All of these characteristics are important parts of the male experience.

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Men and Body Image

Men and Body Image

An estimated one in every five eating disorders belongs to males. The ideal male body in the Huffington Post article is marketed to boys and men in almost every superhero or action movie, sporting event, men's health magazine, and (most) celebrity sightings. (And this week, the Olympics.) Stereotypically masculine traits--strong, stoic, fixer, outdoorsy--ooze out of many of these spreads.

Women have more intense body image challenges, but companies such as Dove and Aerie are beginning to deconstruct these themes on a national level. Let's think about how to start conversations for men.

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