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In this third episode of the Podcast "Borjouliya", we delve into the cultural and social dimensions of stereotypes surrounding the male body, as well as its relationship with traditional values of masculinity and the roles it entails.
In today's society, prevailing norms and social preferences hinder the recognition of diverse forms of masculinity, compelling men to perceive their bodies as extensions of dominant masculine values. Consequently, male bodies become references through which ideals of virility are expressed and manifested.
Initially, these representations demanded that the male body meet the expectations of traditional gender roles, placing emphasis on functionality rather than aesthetics, and thus on physical strength. Subsequently, the male body transcended its functional role to become an object of desire, thereby increasingly emphasizing its aesthetic aspect.
Despite the evolution of male representations and their adaptation to contemporary norms, stereotypes surrounding the male body continue to promote an unrealistic model that limits individual expression. How can men reconcile with their own bodies?
In this episode of the Podcast "Borjouliya", we continue our exploration of masculine identity, focusing on a crucial aspect: the bodies of men. The goal of this episode is to present a fresh perspective on masculinity that celebrates the diversity of bodies and identities. To achieve this, we will share testimonies from men who have chosen to share their experiences, as well as an analysis from psychologist Sondes Garbouj.
*The voice of a participant has been modified for anonymity purposes.
Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab. Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert. Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience. Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process. In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity. These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand. Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.