Embodied Masculinity: Decoding the Vitruvian Man

Are there multiple forms of the male body and masculinity, or is there only one? How does society mold men's bodies based on prevailing norms of masculinity? How do stereotypes surrounding the male body impact men's perception of their own bodies and identities?
13 June 2023
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هل يوجد جسد و ذكورة واحدة أمْ هي أجسادٌ وذكوراتٌ عدّة ؟ كيف يُطوّع المجتمع أجسادَ الرجال لقوالب الذكورة المهيمنة ؟ وكيف تنعكس الصور النمطية للجسد الذكوري على نظرة الرجال لأجسادهم وذواتهم؟
Created by
Mohamed Triki
Editing & Mixing
Oussema Gaidi
Parlyz Heal
Malek Rhouma
Editorial Support & Production
Rym Amami

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.

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"Borjouliya" is a Tunisian podcast that aims to deconstruct the concept of traditional masculinity in order to create a more appropriate and inclusive vision. It challenges common norms of masculinity and highlights the various dominant forms it takes in our daily lives.This third season of "Borjouliya" is a series of discussions bringing together life experiences, expert opinions, and specialists from various fields, addressing men's mental health, fatherhood beyond masculine stereotypes, the male body, cyberbullying, and transmasculinity.

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