Brian Shumway's 'True Men' Series Shows Alternate Masculinity

 - Nov 24, 2011
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There's no denying the lines of gender are often blurred in fashion, with supermodels like Andrej Pejic stealing the show in both men's and women's runway shows, but Brian Shumway's 'True Men' project investigates how this flexibility translates into everyday life.

The Brooklyn-based photographer explores the subject of male identity in this 17-part photo series, capturing men who, by traditional standards of gender roles, are not considered "masculine." The project aims to show how, in Brian's own words, the men in the photos "possess an effeminate manner, dress, or look, a ‘girlishness’ that is as much a part of being male as weightlifting and football."

The views of North American society on gender roles and norms are definitely shifting, but, as Brian Shumway's 'True Men' shows, the deep-rooted traditional (and somewhat outdated) ideas of what "makes a man" are, unfortunately, difficult to shed.