How manly are you? Bear in mind, I’m not talking about 1950s chain-smoking, emotionally stunted, Don Draper masculinity. I’m talking about the kind of manliness that comes out in big, blubbering tears when something plays at your heartstrings. It could be on your 16th listen to Runaway by Kanye in the wake of a bad breakup (just me?) or Bambi’s mother dying, or the entirety of the movie The Road. But what is important is not the catalyst, but the all-important ability to succumb to your emotions.
The modern man should have no problem doing that, but that isn’t always the case. Male suicide is at an all-time high in the UK, and that is partially down to the fact that men are still expected to maintain a stiff upper lip. Hosting a series of talks and performances, The Being A Man Festival will aim to break down these rock solid walls of 21st century masculinity and find the gooey centre that we all know exists. Informative in a lighthearted way. Promise.