MINUTES: WEEK 7

After deciding to base our project on secondary research, in the light of being denied ethical clearance, this week each of us shared some of the resources we found to be useful while browsing information over the week. 

Following are some of the ideas we thought would be interesting to study

  • Play Boy and its impact on male mental health (MMH)
  • The “male gaze” in mainstream Hollywood, perpetuated through films such as Goodfellas 
  • Hysterical representation of women in Indian and Turkish cinema in contrast with the hyper-masculinity characterising male characters, the impact of this on the identity psyche of viewers 
  • The idea of “soft boys” vs “f*** boys” 
  • Positive masculinity for the destigmatisation of MMH
  • Mythological archetype in the characterisation of “superheroes”
    • Separation from the parents
    • Saving the woman as the prize

The discussion of these ideas led to us deciding to develop our research on the back of the feedback loop connecting the cultural representation of men (depiction of masculinity in film and literature) with empirical research done in the field of MMH 

We will be looking at the following texts that have been recommended to us in tandem with the existing information we possess:

  1. DELIVERING MALE MENTAL HEALTH (empirical research)
  2. EARLY AND EFFECTIVE INTERVENTION IN MALE MENTAL HEALTH – Jim Pollard 
  3. ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT MENTAL HEALTH – Simon Rice and Psych (conditions for ill mental health)
  4. A META-STUDY OF BLACK MALE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING – Watkins, Walker and Griffith 
  5. THE MOST DREADFUL VISITATION:Male Madness is Victorian Fiction – V Pedlar 

Our discussion ended with the re-iteration of making the sub theme of ‘uncertainty’ more visible in our topic, be it with regard to the uncertainties maligning the concept of ‘masculinity’ or the feedback loop between cultural representations and audience psyche.

Over this week we will all look at the recommended texts while continuing individual research and thinking about how to make ‘uncertainty’ more explicit in our project 

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