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Masculinity is just a daft stereotype. It doesn’t mean anything to be a ‘man’

When I think of masculinity it reminds me of naturism – the practice of wandering around with no clothes on. Yes, that’s a weird connection but let me explain.

A few years ago I was in a movie called Confetti where I played a nudist. To prepare for my part (yes, all right) I spent some time hanging out (oh, stop) with the residents of a naturist club. Most of these friendly people were a fair bit older than me – in their sixties and seventies – and they told me their stories, often stories of damage: a divorce here, a brush with cancer there; breakdown, redundancy, bereavement. Internal injuries were borne with the same acceptance as the outward lines and scars earned by their bodies.

Robert Webb played a naturist in Confetti
Robert Webb played a naturist in Confetti REX

Sexy it was not. But it was moving, and if I’d had my writer’s hat on, very useful. Unfortunately, I was wearing my actor’s hat (if not my actor’s trousers) and what I heard was absolutely no use at all. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: The Telegraph

01 September, 2017, 5:20 pm

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