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No More Mr. Muscle – The Pressure of Unrealistic Male Bodies

What’s one thing every male identifying superhero has in common? No, not superpowers, it is muscles! In nearly every Hollywood movie it is always the big muscular superhero who is dependable, strong, and saves the day. Perfectly groomed male bodies dominate the ads and movies of Hollywood. But what about ordinary male bodies, the bodies […]

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It’s time to TED talk about it: the stigma of male mental health

Gender stereotypes are deeply ingrained within our society and our subconscious. Through societal expectations, the masculine ideal has enforced the image of strength, charisma and power. Men are taught to be figures that lack any emotions except anger. The pressure of maintaining an image of strength and removing oneself from emotion becomes crippling and unbearable. […]

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Mossman-Pacey paradox: pursuit of perfection impacting male fertility

Concerns about the pressures faced by women and girls are frequently documented in the media, and surveys do seem to indicate that women have more negative feelings about their body than men. However, male body image is a pertinent issue as well. Magazines such as Men’s Health carry regular features on how to “build big […]

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The outrage against the Gillette ad only points out its relevance

In his flustered, vitriolic, testerical response to Gillette’s new advertising campaign, Piers Morgan has shown himself to be a far bigger snowflake than the millennials he loathes. The advert was released on 13 January, and the controversy that has so far arisen only goes to prove the point that the ad is making. In times […]

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Unlonely loneliness: looking at the nature of loneliness in older men

Loneliness is a familiar part of the human experience; however, it is a particularly pressing issue amongst the elderly in the UK. The Office for National Statisticsb(2013) reported that 50 per cent of British citizens above 75 years old live alone. In Scotland, this materialises even more starkly, as research suggests Edinburgh’s pensioners are the […]

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Teeth analysis reveals women travel more than men

During freshers’ week you’ll have met people from far and wide who’ve come to study at Edinburgh. Undoubtedly, some of these people will have been the gap year students who have told you time and time again how incredible their trip was. Even if you have not managed to meet one of these people, five […]