The Man Box

What is the Man Box?

The Man Box is a set of beliefs that pressure men to be a certain way.

To be “tough.”
To not show any emotions.
To always be in control.
To use violence to solve problems.
To have many sexual partners.

Some of these beliefs, like using violence, are always wrong. Others, like acting “strong,” can sometimes be useful but at other times lead to problems, like if it means you bottle up all your negative emotions.

What do men have to say about the narrative of manhood?

“Enter The Man Box” is an art installation piece that explores the narrative of manhood and what men say to each other to make them a “Real Man.”

This project is a part of Project Momentum and produced in collaboration with Kindred Studios, and Vic Polytechnic Construction and Sound departments, Victoria University. The last Project Momentum spin off project was launched during O W at Vic Uni in March 2020.

The Man Box: A study on being a young man in Australia

The Man Box: A study on being a young man in Australia is the first comprehensive study that focuses on the attitudes to manhood and the behaviours of young Australian men aged 18 to 30. It involved an online survey of a representative sample of 1,000 young men from across the country, as well as focus group discussions with two groups of young men. This study is modelled on research in the United States, United Kingdom and Mexico that was released by Promundo in 2017.

Read Jesuit Social Services full report – The Man Box: A study on being a young man in Australia

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