Health and the Social Construction of Masculinity in Men’s Health Magazine

  title={Health and the Social Construction of Masculinity in Men’s Health Magazine},
  author={Arran Stibbe},
  journal={Men and Masculinities},
  pages={31 - 51}
  • A. Stibbe
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Medicine
  • Men and Masculinities
Although health has not traditionally been a male concern, the past few years have seen the gradual development of a shared concept of men’s health within the public domain. Amongthe leading participants in the construction of this concept is Men’s Health magazine. In this article, six issues of Men’s Health (June-December 2000) are critically analyzed to reveal the ideological assumptions on which the discourse of the magazine is based. Evidence is presented that suggests that Men’s Health… 
“Becoming the man you always wanted to be”: Exploring the representation of health and masculinity in Men's Health magazine
  • Lily Lewington, B. Sebar, Jessica Lee
  • Political Science, Medicine
    Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
  • 2018
This study highlights the utility of Men's Health magazine in promoting health and brings into question whether the current representation of masculinity works towards improving or decreasing the health of Australian men.
“We Remain Very Much the Second Sex”
This study reveals that the articles favor discussions of heteronormativity and hegemonic masculinity over racism, rendering health inequalities silent.
How do men’s magazines talk about penises?
A discursive analysis of the ways in which penises were discussed in four market leading UK titles found two broad discourses create fear-ridden spaces where men are bombarded with unachievable masculine ideals and traumatic examples of mutilated members.
From men to the media and back again
Results suggest the policing of boundaries by ‘experts’ around unacceptable/acceptable enactments of masculinity, which may have implications for if, how and when men seek help from experts.
Gendered fare?
Food and nutrition represents a new frontier of the sociological analyses of gender regimes and structures. This article draws from a qualitative study into the social, ethical and spiritual
Healthy, Wealthy and Globalized? Reader Letters to Australian Men's Health Magazine
While the international success of the US magazine franchise Men’s Health has been lauded in the publishing industry (Puri, 1998), the introduction of an Australian edition in 1997 inspired a range
Racialising the “great man”: A Critical Race study of idealised male athletic bodies in Men’s Health magazine
While scholars working in the sociology of the gender, body, health, sport and media have begun to address the paucity of research into media representations of men and masculinities, the literature
Embodied Masculinities: Men’s Body Projects
This chapter concerns men’s discourse and practice around appearance, drawing on qualitative research studies featuring men’s accounts of their body projects, including weight management and cosmetic
A qualitative investigation of alternative food and masculinities
Food and nutrition represents a new frontier of the sociological analyses of gender regimes and structures. This article draws from a qualitative study into the social, ethical and spiritual


Men, Gender, and Health: Toward an Interdisciplinary Approach
It is telling that neither the authors' language nor their concepts of health have accommodated the theories and questions most central to understanding the relationships among health, masculinity, and men’s well-being.
The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory
What does the eating of meat have to do with the women's movement? Is there a cultural correlation between our image of and attitude toward women and the slaughter of animals? This study answers
Fashioning Masculinity: Men Only, Consumption and the Development of Marketing in the 1930s
Historians are increasingly aware of the extent to which notions of the female consumer were commercially orchestrated in interwar Britain. Popular women's magazines of the period were at the centre
Men's health and illness: Gender, power, and the body.
Part one: Rethinking Men's Health and Illness and Part two: Psychological and Clinical APSECTS of MEN'S HEALTH.
Men's Health: An Introduction for Nurses and Health Professionals
The present and the future of men's health and sexuality are being discussed in greater detail in the context of education, employment and sport.
Behavioral Factors Associated with Disease, Injury, and Death among Men: Evidence and Implications for Prevention
Drawing upon large studies, national data, and metaanalyses, it systematically demonstrates that males of all ages are more likely than females to engage in over 30 behaviors that increase the risk of disease, injury, and death.
Principles of Critical Discourse Analysis
This paper discusses some principles of critical discourse analy- sis, such as the explicit sociopolitical stance of discourse analysts, and a focus on dominance relations by elite groups and
Teaching the Boys: New Research on Masculinity, and Gender Strategies for Schools
  • R. Connell
  • Sociology, Education
    Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education
  • 1996
This article draws on new social-scientific research on masculinity to develop a framework for understanding gender issues in the education of boys. Gender is constructed within institutional and