Male isolation is a growing problem, in a large part due to the idea of the ‘Man Box’, the rigid set of expectations that society defines what a ‘real man’ should be and what he believes. He should be powerful and dominating, fearless and in control, strong and emotionless. These expectations are taught to males – mostly unconsciously – and then reinforced by society from an early age. The accelerated pace of change in today’s society has left many males overwhelmed and ill-equipped to cope, using isolation to hide vulnerable emotions or to connect with others. As such, men question the relevance of isolated males in society today. There is often an illusion of togetherness that needs to be addressed.
Nicola Devlin • Emily Esdale • Raymond Evans • Ayshe Kelleher • Teresa Lyle • Oonagh McAteer • Ciaran O'Neill • Hannah Ellen Taylor • Nathaniel Valdevieso • Emma Williams • Shannen Woods •