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Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers

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Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers


@benjamin_ wrote:

I'm sure you already know this @stonepixie, but it's not your problem if a dude feels emasculated by you - it's his!  


Yeah, but sometimes, you've just got to let the poor guy help out, like putting flat packs together. But I can be very stubborn and independent.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers

@stonepixie great analogy haha!

Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers

Okay guys, time for the next question.

 

Men often struggle to develop strong support networks. Have you found this difficult? What are some ways you have been able to overcome this?

 

I've always had a small group of close friends but I feel quite comfortable with them. I think it helps to be really proactive and really make the effort to socialise with new people. Friends of friends at parties, talking to new people at uni etc!

Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers

Men often struggle to develop strong support networks. Have you found this difficult? What are some ways you have been able to overcome this?

My close friends have typically been women because, as the stereotype goes, they are much better at listening and talking about "feelings" than the dudes are... Smiley Tongue But I have found it difficult at times, I don't connect super well with my family, and my close circle of friends has changed but I feel like I'm definitely developing a stronger network over the years Smiley Happy

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Men often struggle to develop strong support networks. Have you found this difficult? What are some ways you have been able to overcome this?

I am not a man.... but I can see how that would happen. Traditionally, society is a patriarchy so men (paticular caucasian men) did not seemingly need to develop support networks... that was for the minorities....
I think it's just starting to gain traction now! Football clubs can be pretty amazing

Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers

Men often struggle to develop strong support networks. Have you found this difficult? What are some ways you have been able to overcome this?

 

Men? I struggle with this. I've never really had a stable friendship at all, so my network consists of my family even though they are 4 hours drive away. But then again, I do have fortnightly appts with my psychologist, so that helps me. When I do get support networks from friends I often wonder if I annoy them with all my problems and they often dont get the full story as I tend to hold back through past experiences of knowing they probably wont be sticking around for long. Just patiently waiting for the day I'm proven wrong.

 

Currently going though a rough patch with current friends. It is probably nothing, but yeah.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: [CHAT] Beards, tattoos, barbershops & craft beers

Men often struggle to develop strong support networks. Have you found this difficult? What are some ways you have been able to overcome this?

I have found this extremely difficult, because of most of the guys i hang around with fit into that "blokey bloke" stereotype, so I don't have many friends I can open up to.
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

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@stonepixie I know what you mean, I too feel like I'm burdening my friends sometime. It's great that you also have the psych that you can really offload to Smiley Happy

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Great chat tonight guys! Not the biggest turnout but we still turned it into a worthwhile, valuable discussion Smiley Very Happy Here is a quick recap of the chat, there was so much said though I'm sure I missed some! Thanks again for participating and have a good night! See you around the forums

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What do you think it means to be a man?

 

It seems that being a man is a complex idea. Making sacrifices for your loved ones, being the head of the family, the caretaker, the provider, these are all commonly held notions of what it means but are they still true in today’s society? There is no right or wrong way to be a man, just be true to yourself!

 

What, for you, is the most difficult male stereotype to accept?

 

That men must protect women, because they are too weak to protect themselves. That a man has to be big, strong and masculine.

 

Where do you think the pressures that face men today come from? Is it the media, the opposite sex, or themselves?

 

Perhaps the media is the driving force, which tells the opposite sex what to think and then they put pressure on men to look and behave in a certain way. The older generation does also have a heavy impact on the way younger men behave. Social media also plays a huge role in perpetuating stereotypes

 

Are the expectations of a man unfair in today’s society?

 

Men are still expected to be able to do everything, and women expected to be able to do nothing. Unfair expectations are not just limited to men, however, society is asking too much of all people.

 

How do you think the expectations of being a man are changing? Is this a good thing?

 

The expectations seem to be lining up more with reality, more people are accepting that men aren’t the only ones who can earn money, and there are many body types that are okay.

 

It is often said that men are not able to express emotions as well as women, yet expressing inner emotions is often very healthy and helpful, so what are some ways we can break down this barrier?

 

Be the change you want to see, break down the barrier yourself and show other people it’s okay to express and accept yourself!

 

Have you ever been in a situation where you have felt the need to fit the social “mould”, or fit the stereotype, even when it isn’t necessarily how you would normally behave?

 

It seems a common theme that men are often faced with the struggle to fit into a mould, usually when in a male-dominated environment such as the footy club or trades, or during the rough time of high school.

 

What are some techniques you can use to feel comfortable and confident about who you are?

 

Hang out with positive people who encourage you to accept and love yourself Smiley Happy Start small, open up to people slowly and progressively show the world who you truly are. Also focusing on what you are good at and ignoring the haters!

 

Men often struggle to develop strong support networks. Have you found this difficult? What are some ways you have been able to overcome this?


Be proactive, seek relationships that are strong, positive, and supportive, and don’t be afraid to open up to those close to you Smiley Happy Develop your connection to your clubs, school, uni, etc.!

Good night everyone!!