Barbican curatorial assistant, Chris Bayley, breaks down his views on the social expectations of masculinity and how society can benefit from accepting the existence of multiple masculinities, alongside the Barbican’s exhibition, Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography. Chris believes that by challenging narrow definitions of masculinity, and gender more broadly, we can open conversations on social stigmas that tell men it’s wrong to show emotions or vulnerabilities. 

By looking at the pressures placed on the idea of a singular masculinity, it may become easier for men to confront complex issues, such as suicide and mental health in men, as well as domestic abuse for perpetrators and male victims.
“It’s important to start thinking about our own identities, because as soon as you start breaking them down, you can see yourself,” Chris said. “When men are being asked to live up to ideals or stereotypes of traditional masculinity, those expectations can be incredibly damaging.”

The Barbican has offered Respect’s members special access to the online Community View of their exhibit, Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography [link to news post on website]

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