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MANDEM DON'T CRY

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16 Narrow Quay

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How is the traditional male role corrosive of men's happiness? The idea of talking about masculinity doesn’t seem like a very manly thing to do but male self-destruction is no joke. Telling young men to simply ‘open up’ will fall on deaf ears if we don’t critically analyse all the factors that lead them to bottle up their emotions. Mental health is always the elephant in the room. When materialistic society constantly reminds you of everything you don’t have, depression will cause any man to chase quick fixes, ranging from excessive drug use to choosing the lifestyle of a womanizer.


How many of us had fathers who taught us any better?

Have male friends who we can talk to about our insecurities?

Have women in our lives who understand the complexities of being a man?


“Today it should be obvious to any thinker and writer speaking about black males that the primary genocidal threat, the force that endangers black male life, is patriarchal masculinity.”

- bell hooks


The powerful words of bell hooks and Grayson Perry find a far easier time reaching liberal middle-class consumers than those who need them most. How can we make their ideas more accessible to us? While it’s important to acknowledge the intersectionality of male mental health, we understand that the issue affects people of all ethnicities, classes and genders. We’re tired of talking about high suicide rates among young men and the dangers of hyper-masculinity but we’ll continue to do so until we find some answers. Come along to our event to help us find some solutions.



We have some special guests joining the panel for this one:

Adom Philogene

Adom completed his PhD in Social Anthropology this year at the prestigious University of St Andrews. His doctoral project explored fatherhood, masculinity and inter-generational kinship in the commonwealth of Dominica. He now lectures at Goldsmiths in London.

Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Marcus recently authored a book titled ‘Filling The Void’ which explores the invasion of social media in our everyday lives. He has written for The Guardian and takes a particular interest in capitalism, technology and society. He is currently researching topics surrounding masculinity.


Jeremy Wiles

Jeremy is a craft shoot/edit cameraman for BBC Points West and has worked in several departments including the Natural History Unit and Specialist Factual & Arts. He has also been involved in several youth community projects in Bristol and has experience in working with young people of colour.


Vince Baidoo

Vince supports young talent in publishing graphic novels that share and relate to people of colour and has recently moved into games developing that also explores under-represented voices and narratives across these medias. Vince was recently made a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio @ Watershed in Bristol and is the founder of local company South Blessed.



Doors open: 19:00

Panel discussion: 19:30 - 21:00

Room: 3AF013

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