Body talk: the role of masculinity in young men’s body image and appearance related matters

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Abstract

Government agendas have highlighted the requirement for rapid investigation into the body image related experiences of young men, yet a suggested feminisation of body and appearance related topics, and a tendency for non-disclosure, continue to present obstacles to achieving this. However, previous research has indicated that online, anonymous contexts may present useful environments for circumnavigating these barriers. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore young men’s accounts in relation to body image and appearance related issues, using an anonymous online survey. Young men (N=114) ages 16-39 (M=26) took part in a qualitative survey comprising of eight open ended questions, and data were analysed using discursively-informed thematic analysis. Results indicated that the young men welcomed the opportunity to critically engage with the topic and disclose personal body ‘worries’; also revealing that in everyday contexts, discussion is habitually inhibited by social ideals of masculinity. In addition, whilst dominant body ideals were identified as largely unobtainable, they remained significant for physical self-appraisals, and a goal to aspire to. Results are discussed in relation to the potential health implications of negotiating competing
discourses, as well as the requirement for increased male specific educational resources which challenge prevailing masculine discourses.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) - Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 15 Jul 2019 → …
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Conference

ConferenceThe 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP)
Country/TerritorySlovakia
CityBratislava
Period15/07/19 → …
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