The phrase “be a man” is so readily used as an insult to men. There have even been additions to the phrase such as: grow a pair, don’t be a pussy, and man up. “Be a man” can be justified as a phrase of encouragement, but is it actually encouraging? When someone says “be a man”, it means be less of a woman. Men desire power and control, which means that characters such as sensitivity and vulnerability need to be absent from men’s personalities. Horrocks said “to become the man I supposed to be, I had to destroy my most vulnerable side, my sensitivity, my femininity, my creativity, and I had to pretend to be both more powerful and less powerful than I feel.” Trying to live up to society’s standards of masculinity means that men need to get rid of certain aspects of what make people human. People are naturally empathetic and vulnerable to certain people and situations so for men, having to destroy these feelings is not benefiting, but is actually crippling. Men are told to bottle their feelings inside and to show no signs of sadness, fear, or sensitivity.
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