While we celebrate men every day at DNA, it’s officially International Men’s Day today – 19 November and our friends at Worldwide Roar are getting in on the action with the launch of their 2021 calendar.
Started in 2010, the calendar features sportsmen stripping nude and celebrating the male body while promoting men’s health and drawing attention to issues such as homophobia. This year the team have framed their calendar around the question, “how do we look at men?”
Angus Malcolm the project founder and creative lead behind the calendar told DNA it’s time we reflected on how we view ourselves.
“Our society has rightly begun to address how we look at women, and how that promotes abusive thinking and behaviour. It’s long overdue and there’s still a long way to go,” Malcolm said.
That’s why we must also challenge how we look at men, and how men see themselves and each other,” Malcolm said.
“Too many men ask to be looked at with fear and awe instead of love and respect. We must drop our barriers, embrace equality and welcome being looked at by people of all genders and sexualities. I’ve done it and although I’m no exhibitionist, it’s been a positive, liberating experience,” Malcolm said.
World record holder rower, LGBTIQA Olympian and calendar centrefold, Robbie Manson also commented on the project and International Men’s Day.
“This year, International Men’s Day is about men leading by example and I’ve always tried to do that if I can. I had to break through some personal barriers to come out as LGBTQ+ and then a few more to get naked for inclusion! But it’s been worth it. Coming out and later taking part in WR enabled me to show that embracing openness and vulnerability can make you a better man. We must support men to break free from set ideas and expectations that are damaging to them and to the people around them,” Manson said.
Check out the video below to check out the 2021 calendar and head over to the Instagram page to get a preview and some behind the scenes action.