At the risk of being TMI, the idea for this post came to me whilst I was shaving my legs... a task I'd neglected for longer than I care to mention, as it's such a bloomin' faff. It struck me that us girls and all our beauty prep must look pretty damn weird to you fellas...
Despite the questionable dress code and cost of bikes, being a Mamil has its benefits. For men, it can provide a relatively tame outlet for midlife angst while, for women, it can help by addressing primeval needs (theirs) and facilitating much-needed me time (ours).
I spend a lot of time on public transport and, as any seasoned commuter will tell you, there is an art to enjoying yourself while getting from A to B;...
Eating disorders are a complex subject that not everyone knows about unless by first hand experience. Professionals on the front line are key in supporting people living with eating disorders of any walk of life. Getting the help they need early on is imperative for long-term recovery.
A lot of men worry that a vasectomy will lead to a reduction in sexual performance or desire - not surprising really when in some cultures they use the same word for vasectomy and castration! But it can actually improve your sex life because of the peace-of-mind it brings.
For some couples who long for a baby, and for many single women and lesbian couples, donor sperm is the only way they will be able to conceive - but when they visit their local fertility clinic, they may find that they are advised to consider using sperm imported from donors in the United States or Denmark.
Does our veneration of these manly attributes in kitsch cards on the every third Sunday of June buy into this? Maybe. Do they help perpetuate these attitudes? Probably. Can we use them to create a dialogue? I hope so.
In 2007 the most downloaded image of fatherhood was a dad playing football with his son. That undoubtedly reinforces the stereotype and is now beginning to feel a little clichéd, it comes as no surprise then that the most downloaded image of a father in 2015 shows a dad reading a tablet with his daughter.
Swooning over Christian Grey, Poldark and even Chris Pratt may seem harmless on the surface, but it has the potential to increase body image pressure on men, so why on earth would we want to make objectification the norm?
My brothers and I are going in for my dad's gifts and this year I've decided not add on any freestyle element after a number of recent, let's just say 'Pinterest fails' in the DIY gift-giving department.
Men's tailoring in the U.K is currently thriving and now the dust has settled on another frantic weekend at London Collection:Men for The Dapper Chapper, I've now had a good chance to reflect.
Research tells us that some men tend to use alcohol as a long term crutch to get them through tough emotional times, and they are less likely to seek help unless they reach a crisis. This means that by the time someone comes to the attention of NHS or other support services they may already be dealing with complex and entrenched problems.
On Sunday I celebrate five years clean and sober. The malady has taken the shine off it a bit, but then I don't suppose I could have got pissed to celebrate anyway. Instead I'll be doing the Paris 10k, which is far enough from my last chemo session to be manageable.
We can see then that it is not a new masculinity we need, a new idea of what it is to be a man, but an open-mindedness as to the diverse capabilities and attributes of individuals as individuals.
I explained about the long walk down the corridor, about feeling lonely, feeling sad and feeling guilty for my dad and my brother that they were going to have to go through this again after my mum died of cancer in 2006. And feeling dreadfully sorry that I had to give her bad news.
Fathers (and mothers, for that matter) shouldn't see reading to their children as a chore; sharing a book can create wonderful memories and great bonding opportunities. It also gives children the best start in life.