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Muscle Dysmorphia: How Idealised Masculinity Became The New Eating Disorder

The mirrors bolted to the walls of Sydney's bodybuilding gyms are crowded with impossibly muscled men. It's a smorgasbord of peak health and physical perfection. But Joey Sheather can pick them. The men who have bulked-up too fast, whose passion for fitness has tipped over into obsession. The ones who will never be satisfied no [...]

I’m A Man And I Have An Eating Disorder. That’s Not A Contradiction

‘It all came flooding back when I read Wentworth Miller’s post on being body-shamed by a meme making fun of his weight.’ Photograph: Mitch Jenkins/five I don’t remember the first time I purged. I remember it being a habit, a nightly ritual. I remember the pattern of the bathroom tiles in my parents’ [...]

A 2 week Stanford Psychology Study Was Cut Short after Just 6 Days — Here’s What Went Horribly Wrong 

The Stanford Prison Experiment/IFC Films/YouTube During the summer of 1971, 24 volunteers living near Stanford University were interviewed, selected, and arrested. They’d all responded to a simple newspaper ad calling for male college students whom, it said, would get $US15 a day to participate in a “psychological study of prison life” that summer. [...]

Radicalised Boys – A Threat or Opportunity?

gettyimages It’s concerning to see boys at war with themselves and the world. But what if radicalisation held some powerful insights for us? Radicalisation isn’t new. Attractive to boys adrift from society, it has surfaced in gangs, neo Nazi groups, football hooliganism and the like. But never before has radicalisation gone global, or been so extreme. Traditionally it was boys from fractured or marginalised communities, lacking good male role models and surrounded by violent narratives, who were [...]

Teaching Our Boys to Respect Women

One in three women over the age of 15 have experienced physical violence. One in five have experienced sexual violence. One in four have been emotionally abused by a partner.Approximately 70 women are killed each year by a current or former partner. Men are almost always the perpetrators.One in four children in Australia experience domestic [...]

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The Grand Theft Auto phenomenon

GTA's vast and action-packed virtual world is frequently more appealing to players than the real one, with 14% of British men admitting they are likely to throw a sickie on the launch day of a new game. Thanks to its gameplay innovations, and helped along by just a hint of controversy, the series has shifted [...]

Stress and Pregnancy

The placenta of a pregnant woman absorbs more than just nutrition and oxygen, a new study has found. Researchers, from the University of Pennsylvania, found that stress is transmitted to the placenta, altering the levels of a protein that affects brain development in the foetus. The authors of the paper, published online yesterday in the [...]