Unpacking the ‘man box’ – Australian researchers release study findings on masculinity





Australian researchers have released a report from a study investigating masculinity and young men’s attitudes (The Men’s Project and Flood, 2018). This was the first study that focused specifically on the associations between attitudes to manhood or masculinity and the behaviours of Australian men aged 18-30. It involved a representative online survey of 1,000 young men from across the country.

Two thirds of young men said that since they were a boy they had been told a “real man” behaves in a certain way. While young men’s personal views are more progressive than what society is telling them, there was a substantial minority (around 30 percent)  who endorsed most of the Man Box rules.

The seven main man box rules were: 

Self sufficiency: men who talk about their worries too much shouldn’t get respect

Acting tough: if a man doesn’t fight back, he is weak

Physical attractiveness: a successful man must look good, but if a man spends too much time on his appearance that is unmanly

Rigid masculine gender roles: cooking, sewing or providing care of young children is not manly

Hypersexuality: a real man should have as many sexual partners as possible and he doesn’t say no to sex

Heterosexuality and homophobia: ‘real men’ are not gay and heterosexual men do not have gay male friends

Aggression and control: men should use violence to get respect if necessary

This study quantifies the unique influence of young men’s personal endorsement of the Man Box masculinity pillars on different areas of their lives, including:  mental health, wellbeing and help seeking from friends/professionals;  body satisfaction;  relationship satisfaction;  binge drinking;  traffic accidents; accessing pornography; and physical violence, sexual harassment  and bullying.

You can find out more and access the report here. 


Home office funding available for organisations which support victims of domestic violence

The Home Office have announced their second round of funding for organisations that support domestic violence victims – the eligibility has now been expanded to include all organisations which support victims (even if domestic abuse is not the primary purpose of the whole organisation).

The remaining £1,207,000 of the 2 million fund has now been opened for applications.

The remit for eligibility includes:

  • Organisations which provide a national service (i.e. all of England, all of Wales, or both)
  • Organisations where the supported victims are very geographically dispersed over multiple Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) areas, and/or no one PCC area is the clear base for the majority of victims
  • Umbrella or second tier organisations
  • Organisations which undertake capacity building, or which support other organisations to support victims and survivors (for example with training, or expert advice and guidance).  This includes those supporting the police in their response to domestic abuse.  It also includes those supporting local authorities or other statutory bodies.

The guidance documents make clear that organisations providing support for ‘honour’ based abuse, forced marriage and genital mutilation will be included.

Please access the application form and guidance here.  

The deadline for applications is soon, email applications to HODomesticAbuseCV-19Fund@homeoffice.gov.uk by midday on 20th July 2020