Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow.
('Garden' by Derrick Chow)
Queer men's comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
Men are feeling more and more pressure to get rid of their love handles and beer bellies – and heavy promotion of unrealistic appearance standards are to blame.
The key concerns is that kids will develop body image problems and adopt unhealthy behaviours to lose weight.
The proposal is very different to schemes in the US where BMI report cards are sent to parents. Instead, the data would feed into obesity research and prevention programs.
The much used before and after photograph to motivate weight loss might not be as motivational as was once thought.
The film Wonder tells the story of a boy with severe facial defects.
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People with facial difference often develop strategies for smoothing over social awkwardness, such as ways of introducing the issue into conversation early or using humour to deflect attention.
The male beauty business is booming.
Male makeup is set to be the next big beauty trend, but what impact will this have on men's self-esteem?
Are dating apps destroying men's self-esteem?
If female mannequins were alive, they would be dangerously underweight.
But glossy pages filled with non-models may be a step in the right direction.
Labor MP Mark Butler, speaking on Q&A.
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler told Q&A that eating disorders "are the mental illness type which has the highest mortality rate". We check the research.
The proliferation of mass media has helped to create a standardisation of beauty ideals, making them harder to cope with. But there are encouraging signs that things could change.
A walk in the park.
Research suggests that those struggling with negative feelings about their bodies should spend more time in the great outdoors.
Research shows that interacting with a diverse set of people can make you happier and healthier.
How learning languages and travelling abroad can help you have a better relationship with your body.
The growing pressure on men to have the perfect body is too often forgotten but could be having serious health consequences.
A viral article written by a female college student celebrated the average male body, but for the wrong reasons.
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Why is so much attention being given to making average white males feel better about themselves?
Baby boomer women are dressing differently and rejecting a look they associated with their mothers.
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It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still look fabulous. This message is sold to us by magazines, newspapers, the cosmetics industry, fashion labels and dating agencies. Think of the recent movie…
Facebook use increases young women’s concerns about their face, hair and skin.
If you’re one of the world’s 1.3 billion regular Facebook users, you’ll know the feeling of being consumed by your news feed. If you don’t use Facebook, you need only get on a busy train or bus to see…
Most of us struggle with our own attractiveness and whether we have enough of it.
You probably aren’t beautiful. It’s statistical, not personal. Most of us are average, a few of us are ugly, and a tiny number of us are beautiful or handsome. Many of us struggle with our own attractiveness…
Steroid use is growing in Australia but not among the usual suspects.
Steroids are easy to scapegoat. Users are viewed as aggressive, violent and mentally unstable, able to snap at any moment and cause great harm to the people around them. Ostensibly, it is this perception…
The market for men’s grooming products is doubling each year.
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Youth can be a difficult phase of life, as young people attempt to forge new identities, while facing challenges at school and in their social life. Many also experience pressure and stress related to…