Blog Bites: Are you masculine enough?

Hey everyone, EID MUBARAK!!! I hope you are all well and good.Looking through my blog I have noticed that I haven’t written an Eid related post. Very weird! It would have been a great way to start my Blog Bites series.Regardless, don’t be too disappointed because this blog will soon have a taste of Eid Insha’Allah!

Anyway, time for a quick update.I have decided that I want to start writing mini blog posts for those days where you want to read a quick and detailed post about a particular issue. Not only are they easy for you but also for me when I don’t have enough time to write a huge full on article. Moreover, they allow me to get a sense of what you want to read so I can write more about topics you enjoy reading and I enjoy writing. So look for ‘Blog Bites’ in the title if you want to read a short and sweet piece.

During the summer holidays, I had work experience at Good Business and I was able to write a piece for their weekly newsletter called ‘Friday 5’. To read some more interesting short pieces click here! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy reading this piece and feel free to discuss your opinions in the comments.

Teenage boys are affected by body confidence issues just as much as girls are but often have less access to support, a recent survey shows. 55% of the 18-year-old boys asked had considered changing their diet in order to gain a ‘better body’ and most felt that issues such as eating disorders, dieting, and extreme exercising were relevant to both boys and girls. While magazine spreads featuring women are generally assumed to be photo shopped, advertisements from well-known brands such as Calvin Klein that feature muscular men also set impossible standards for how men should look and are routinely airbrushed, yet there are lower levels of awareness about how these images are altered to represent an unachievable ideal. To address this issue, pressures need to be discussed openly, however societal expectations for how men should display emotion mean that boys are less likely to talk about their worries, making it hard to offer support or even gage the prevalence of body image issues amongst them. This is equally true of mental health issues, and ‘Release the Pressure’, our recent suicide-prevention campaign for Kent County Council, reacted to this by encouraging men to call a hotline and open up about the causes of stress and pressure in their life.

Feature image source: Ad Week

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