ADIOS  ADONIS The Adonis Complex Male Body Image Self esteem Media
What about these topics? <ul><li>Male Body Image </li></ul><ul><li>Self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>H...
Houston <ul><li>We </li></ul><ul><li>Have  </li></ul><ul><li>A Problem </li></ul>
But, says Dr. M. Kimmel a known male feminist sociologist Men have a code We don’t complain Be a big wheel Rule#4 No sissy...
If we actually had body image concerns………….. Don’t tell anyone
What has happened historically? <ul><li>1940s- John Wayne </li></ul><ul><li>1950s- Burt Lancaster </li></ul><ul><li>1960s-...
What occurred in the 80s? <ul><li>Advertising new icons of male beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Calvin Klein guy </li></ul><ul><l...
What are these differences? <ul><li>Sculpting </li></ul><ul><li>Hair removal </li></ul><ul><li>Self conscious  </li></ul>
We now have 2 competing looks ,thanks to G.Q. and Men’s Health : <ul><li>Slender, sculpted and feminine </li></ul><ul><li>...
Concern with bulk and muscle definition   exercise addictions, diet extremism and various behavioral disorders <ul><li>On...
Rates of Body Dissatisfaction have Escalated! <ul><li>1997  45% US men  dissatisfied with their muscle tone </li></ul><ul>...
 
We now have DSM4 diagnosed syndromes <ul><li>Weightlifting and exercise compulsions </li></ul><ul><li>BDD </li></ul><ul><l...
Sacrificed are----- <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>relationships <...
A Double Bind <ul><li>Media hotties </li></ul><ul><li>(males ) </li></ul><ul><li>Industry promotion  – </li></ul><ul><li>H...
Sources of our obsessions? Society and media Psychological component (rearing/ environment) Genetic component (OCD)
Assuming a bunch of guys have a disposition towards OCD……. Examine first the psychological component
Threatened Masculinity From 60s till 90s males have had more of a focus on body image
Our Masculinity is Threatened <ul><li>Women with more power </li></ul><ul><li>More status </li></ul><ul><li>More identity ...
Lost status as <ul><li>1) breadwinners </li></ul><ul><li>2) fighters </li></ul><ul><li>3) protectors </li></ul><ul><li>4) ...
We also threaten ourselves As boys  As teens  As men
other psychological reason for obsessions on body image: <ul><li>Locker room embarrassment and male bonding issues </li></...
Even boys’ toys are impossible to emulate <ul><li>G.I Joe has increased his biceps, proportional to a man from 12 inch to ...
 
Preoccupation with our own playboyification <ul><li>Lynne Luciano in “ Looking Good: Male Body Image in Modern America” Ju...
Post WW2 <ul><li>The playboyification of men lead to elevation of personality over accomplishment.  </li></ul><ul><li>The ...
The Media: another possible cause of our body focus? <ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Men’s Health= circulation in 7 ye...
These men in film, in video, in life <ul><li>May have had one of (1996) </li></ul><ul><li>690,361 cosmetic surgical proced...
Conclusion
Male Body Image <ul><li>Self esteem damaged by media, family structural deficits, rearing,lack of ability to deal with mor...
Conclusion. <ul><li>The incidence of the Adonis Complex is increasing.  </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis is more common. </li><...
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  1. 2. ADIOS ADONIS The Adonis Complex Male Body Image Self esteem Media
  2. 3. What about these topics? <ul><li>Male Body Image </li></ul><ul><li>Self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>Has it changed </li></ul><ul><li>Based on men’s or women’s views </li></ul><ul><li>Types and attitudes </li></ul>
  3. 4. Houston <ul><li>We </li></ul><ul><li>Have </li></ul><ul><li>A Problem </li></ul>
  4. 5. But, says Dr. M. Kimmel a known male feminist sociologist Men have a code We don’t complain Be a big wheel Rule#4 No sissy stuff Rule #3 Strong like oak Rule#2 Give ‘em hell Rule #1
  5. 6. If we actually had body image concerns………….. Don’t tell anyone
  6. 7. What has happened historically? <ul><li>1940s- John Wayne </li></ul><ul><li>1950s- Burt Lancaster </li></ul><ul><li>1960s- Steve McQueen </li></ul><ul><li>1970s- Burt Reynolds </li></ul><ul><li>No real body sculpting </li></ul><ul><li>Just Burly, barrel chested and hairy guys </li></ul>
  7. 8. What occurred in the 80s? <ul><li>Advertising new icons of male beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Calvin Klein guy </li></ul><ul><li>Soloflex guy </li></ul>
  8. 9. What are these differences? <ul><li>Sculpting </li></ul><ul><li>Hair removal </li></ul><ul><li>Self conscious </li></ul>
  9. 10. We now have 2 competing looks ,thanks to G.Q. and Men’s Health : <ul><li>Slender, sculpted and feminine </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Brad----? </li></ul><ul><li>Pumped up, but lean </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>Nicholas C---? </li></ul>
  10. 11. Concern with bulk and muscle definition  exercise addictions, diet extremism and various behavioral disorders <ul><li>One theory: We take our style and identity cues from gay culture ! </li></ul><ul><li>First, slender was in … </li></ul><ul><li>Post AIDs, Buff is in! </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo!! We still got hairless!!! </li></ul>
  11. 12. Rates of Body Dissatisfaction have Escalated! <ul><li>1997 45% US men dissatisfied with their muscle tone </li></ul><ul><li>1972 ½ as many!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Today, 50 million guys don’t like themselves! (Garner, D.M.) in Psychology Today “Body Image Survey” </li></ul>
  12. 14. We now have DSM4 diagnosed syndromes <ul><li>Weightlifting and exercise compulsions </li></ul><ul><li>BDD </li></ul><ul><li>Eating disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Steroid abuse </li></ul>
  13. 15. Sacrificed are----- <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>relationships </li></ul>
  14. 16. A Double Bind <ul><li>Media hotties </li></ul><ul><li>(males ) </li></ul><ul><li>Industry promotion – </li></ul><ul><li>Hair stuff, diet aids, </li></ul><ul><li>Fitness stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Taboo to self criticize </li></ul><ul><li>Secrecy </li></ul>
  15. 17. Sources of our obsessions? Society and media Psychological component (rearing/ environment) Genetic component (OCD)
  16. 18. Assuming a bunch of guys have a disposition towards OCD……. Examine first the psychological component
  17. 19. Threatened Masculinity From 60s till 90s males have had more of a focus on body image
  18. 20. Our Masculinity is Threatened <ul><li>Women with more power </li></ul><ul><li>More status </li></ul><ul><li>More identity </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual choice </li></ul><ul><li>Poor sources of male identity </li></ul><ul><li>Few male models </li></ul><ul><li>Only our bodies may be strong </li></ul><ul><li>So – strut your stuff </li></ul>
  19. 21. Lost status as <ul><li>1) breadwinners </li></ul><ul><li>2) fighters </li></ul><ul><li>3) protectors </li></ul><ul><li>4) unquestioned sexual experts </li></ul>
  20. 22. We also threaten ourselves As boys As teens As men
  21. 23. other psychological reason for obsessions on body image: <ul><li>Locker room embarrassment and male bonding issues </li></ul><ul><li>Younger men exhibit lower comfort with nudity than us old guys </li></ul><ul><li>(Pope in his book) </li></ul><ul><li>Male friends are instrumental in influencing body image concerns </li></ul><ul><li>( McCabe in J. Soc. Psychol. Feb.2003) </li></ul>
  22. 24. Even boys’ toys are impossible to emulate <ul><li>G.I Joe has increased his biceps, proportional to a man from 12 inch to a 15 inch to a 16 1/2 inch around! </li></ul>
  23. 26. Preoccupation with our own playboyification <ul><li>Lynne Luciano in “ Looking Good: Male Body Image in Modern America” July 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Her idea that our “body trap” is a function of not mortality, nor feminism, but a triumph of consumerism. </li></ul>
  24. 27. Post WW2 <ul><li>The playboyification of men lead to elevation of personality over accomplishment. </li></ul><ul><li>The body= just another asset. </li></ul>
  25. 28. The Media: another possible cause of our body focus? <ul><li>Magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Men’s Health= circulation in 7 years from 250,000 ( 1990)  </li></ul><ul><li>1,5000,000 (1997) </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>check out Lenny Kravitz’s Abs </li></ul>
  26. 29. These men in film, in video, in life <ul><li>May have had one of (1996) </li></ul><ul><li>690,361 cosmetic surgical procedures! </li></ul><ul><li>May be “roided” to the heavens with “T” </li></ul>
  27. 30. Conclusion
  28. 31. Male Body Image <ul><li>Self esteem damaged by media, family structural deficits, rearing,lack of ability to deal with more “in charge” women and feminism. </li></ul><ul><li>Some have genetic predisposition to body image preoccupation. </li></ul>
  29. 32. Conclusion. <ul><li>The incidence of the Adonis Complex is increasing. </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis is more common. </li></ul><ul><li>More research needed to continue to help men who suffer with these issues. </li></ul>
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