Men Have Issues Too
Q: Why do you think there are little/no body positive images for men? - Anon
A: Mostly because the fact that male body image is a concern is not widely acknowledged or talked about, largely because males are less likely to admit to/talk about body image issues, because their role in society doesn’t leave room for those sort of feelings.
A lot of people will blame it on men, saying that they’re emotionally closed off, or too proud to admit their concerns. But that’s no better than pinning the prevalence of female body issues on vanity and self-absorption.
It’s the roles that have developed (using the passive tense is important so as to avoid blaming some unnamed, collective ‘they’) that restrict and suffocate both men and women, in different ways.
Women are subjected to an impossible/impractical standard of beauty, but their role allows/encourages them to be open about feelings of inadequacy, etc.
A teenage boy who tells his guidance counselor he has body image issues isn’t necessarily going to be taken as seriously. It’s harder jump for boys to make, and some of them don’t even admit to themselves that they have these issues, because they’re ashamed and might view it as a weakness. Which, of course, men aren’t allowed to have. - Benkling
I’ve known a few different guys who have expressed their having body image issues, it is a woefully underconsidered. Men have so many pressures that don’t get considered, so I think this is important to think about and consider. It’s just one of those things that isn’t taken into account in the Western world given all of the other expectations that society places on men, the body image thing isn’t considered as often. I had a different route I was going to go down but that didn’t happen because i closed the tab and forgot what I was trying to say.