Team work and numerous opinions enforced my ideas. This exercise got us to narrow down into our issues to find a direct pathway to communicate/ collect data for / visualise, which helped with the process of creating possible solutions. We created 5 different avenues of potential / exploration mine included:
The concept of masculinity in Australian society and mental health
This would be a potential service design to help men feel comfortable to be open about their emotions and become more comfortable with sharing their emotions. This would hopefully act as a pathway to build better relationships for men and themselves as well as others.
This would be a data visualisation mapping habits of rape culture trying to shock viewers. We discussed in our group how many of the troubles we have heard about in colleges have been from friends not so much the news. This would be a collective piece collecting stories for individuals from colleges.
Sexism and patterns within it
This would be looking at social tendencies of men to speak about women in derogatory terms when they are ‘with the boys’ but less likely to speak like that when a women is around. Why?
Unsure of which emergent design practise avenue this concept would take it would attempt to recreate role models for masculinity. Considering many currently are sports starts who can treat women disrespectfully.
Men standing up for females
looking at the stigmas surrounded sticking up for females. Why do males speak up or not speak up? reputation? may ruin the relationship? you may be considered whipped? a WOM? how can we change this? who are the ones making this so difficult? how can we change these behaviours?
I propose to create a generative system in response to the issue of men standing up for females. I see this as a hybrid to explore male mental health and social confidence with an opportunity to change behaviours against male treatment of women in society. The system would have rules for the participants and the resulting data will be unpredicted as it comes from individual participants. The campaign would ask individuals to finish the sentence “I think it is masculine ….”
This opens the question to everyones perception of what is masculine and provides an opportunity to change the current perception of the ‘blokey’ masculinity we have now in Australia. The idea came from a fellow group member who answered the question with “..when a guy is lanky with long hair and a surfy vibe”. To me this was an unexpected result, but made me more intrigued in how this could change males minds about masculinity hearing what girls really think. I would additionally want males to contribute to make an influence and act as role models.
Ideally I would include the faces of the individuals or just short of their faces to create more of a persona. I want people to look at it and realise like minded individuals are making a stand and creating a change, reshaping the modern Australian man.
WRITTEN BY ANNA CARMODY