The masculine. For some he is our father. Our son. Our brother. For others he is a mentor. a Lover. A husband. You may experience him as a brave warrior and an ambitious leader. And if you look, you may also find him as a lost soul on a lonely city street corner. We praise men for being strong, hard-working and successful. He is told not to cry. He is told not to reach out for comfort or reassurance. He is told not to ask for help or to allow himself to be seen as unsure. He is told to not tremble or shrink from danger. He is told not to sing for joy. When he manages to climb up on the pedestal of respect and appreciation, he finds that it’s narrow, lonely and precarious. Through it all, he longs to be needed and to realize a sense of purpose and belonging.
The men of Model Society offer us an experience of the masculine that transcends cultural pressures. They stand naked before us, revealing their strength and their vulnerability. They encourage us to see men as far more than the expectations or roles we have placed upon them.