In the name of culture, gender and society, the theme of these photographs and the mood I tried to portray is that MALE also have feelings. They go through a lot of difficulties and have a darkside too, that's often not spoken about. I want to break the agendas of how boys are programmed early in life with the "code of masculinity" by ‘Destructive Phrases’ and how these damaging narratives make boys see their own vulnerabilities as illegitimate. In the fear of humiliation, they keep these feelings buried deep, and are thus unable to develop the vocabulary to express them.
I want to draw attention of this weird tasting reality, on how stereotypes are damaging men as well and therefore, why men and other genders should ally and come together to smash stereotypes and create an equal world.
The statement of my new name is varied by a lot of conditions. In this gender biased society, a man is considered not "man enough" if his vulnerabilities are put out right. It makes them seem incapable of handling their responsibilities. Mostly, when people belonging to the opposite gender are going through a bad phase, they talk, but men don’t. Most don’t even talk about their medical issues. They don’t seek help. Men are taken out of such conversations. And, thus, others don’t feel the need to pay attention, when these are centrally men’s issues.
Maybe, they want to talk about depression, stress, relationships, office politics, issues that affect both men and other genders in this cultural society. But, even this time, I am having to pose NAKED to raise my awful point.
The Patriarchy kills and abuses men much more than other gender. There is a dire need to teach the mankind about how their roles are not kind enough, but are harming them. YOU, these people need to be trained to focus upon their well being, and, also understand that no gender is capable of doing these for themselves.
And, I am a MAN and also a part of this society who is deeply hurt. I may have hurt the society in different ways that's well discussed, but for once and ever stating, I'm not a loser, and try hearing me out!
Photography & Retouch : @sethu_photography
Talent : @sathya_006