With Gillette’s recent advertising campaign controversially taking a position against ‘toxic masculinity’, several Australian artists have taken a deeper look at what it is to be male.
Gold Coast artist and writer Samuel Leighton-Dore’s solo exhibition at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this week, explores the idea that men’s pursuit of physical strength is what makes them vulnerable.Read more
The national conversation about men’s health commonly focuses on men’s perceived reluctance to get help, when compared with women. Yet the more time you spend examining how health systems work, the more you discover the many different ways we invest less time, money and resources into men’s health.Read more
A national male health screening program has seen 5,000 men referred for potentially life-saving surgery in the UK. The AAA program screens for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, a condition that kills 1,670 men a year.
The program has been so successful that it has the highest take-up rate of any national screening program, proof that men do care about their health and are willing to access help when “the system” targets men effectively and offers help.Read more
Men are more likely to face sex and gender discrimination when applying for jobs than women, according to a US study of 3,000 job applicants.Read more
Australian fatherhood experts have called for dads to be included in national efforts to screen new parents for depression.
Screening mothers for mental illness before and after birth is now standard practice in Australia, but the mental health of dads is not routinely assessed at any point.Read more
This article was compiled by Richard Fletcher, University of Newcastle; Jacqui Macdonald, Deakin University, and Louise Newman, University of Melbourne and is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
England’s National Health Service (NHS) this week announced it will offer mental health screening and treatment for new and expectant fathers whose partners are suffering from mental illness. The NHS described this as a “radical action to support families”, and it certainly is an unusual step.Read more
The American Psychological Association’s new guidelines on working with men and boys caused a media storm in the past month, because they endorsed the view that “traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful”.
As with the now infamous Gillette ad, the guidelines have deeply divided opinion along binary gender political lines, with one side saying the APA is “harming men and boys” and the other side saying the guidelines will “literally save lives” and dismissing critics as "armchair psychologists".Read more
Gillette, the razor company, has sparked global controversy, with a new advertising campaign in the US that places a focus on negative aspects of masculinity as part of its drive to become a brand that “encourages men to be their best”.
The two minute advert adopts a “toxic masculinity” narrative citing male-to-male violence; the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault of women by men as evidence of a “problem we can’t hide from”.Read more
NB: This article was first published in December 2018. It has not been updated to reflect the ALP's response to the launch of the new National Men's Strategy on 11 April 2019.
Labor has committed to take action to improve men's health if it wins the Federal election due to be held in the first half of 2019. The commitment came on Day Three of the ALP National Conference in Adelaide.Read more
Could Governments do better for men and boys? The facts are compelling. Our sons are less educated than our daughters. Our brothers die younger than our sisters. Our fathers are more likely to die at work than our mothers. Our male friends are more likely to die by suicide than our female friend.Read more