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Business and Management.
This paper explores the relationship between the body, masculinity and the consumption of body-focussed activities. It examines the meaning and importance of strength training for men. Strength training is of interest because its increase in popularity is occurring at a particular point in time when a growing number of men are experiencing insecurities over their masculine identities as a result of recent socioeconomic changes. This paper proposes that men today are facing a dilemma in terms of masculine identity. This dilemma hinges on the growing objectification of the male body in the media and its cultural messages regarding masculinity.
Sherlock, R., Freeman, O., Dunne, A.: Masculinity in the Making: Men’s Increased Consumption of Strength Training. Academy of Marketing Conference, Dublin, Ireland, July, 2005.