These men in search of a new masculinity

PSYCHOLOGY – More and more of them are questioning the traditional view of virility.

In his confession story titled i am not manly (First, 2021), youtuber Ben Névert, 29, explains: “I write for all the men who do not find themselves in what society expects of them. I am writing the book that I would have liked to read as a teenager and young adult, when everything led me to think that I would never become a fulfilled man because I was too different, too skinny, not manly enough, too beardless, not dominant enough. …» Like him, comedians Laurent Sciamma with his show Fellowor Alex Ramies (Significantly manly) question the traditional codes of a virility in which they no longer recognize themselves.

Behind these few examples, a whole generation is questioning itself. “The emergence in the media of debates on toxic masculinity, sexual abuse or domestic violence has played an important role; many men no longer want to be associated with brutal and macho behavior”analyzes the psychiatrist and psychotherapist…

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