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What happened when 15 members of the public were asked "What makes a real man?"

5th December 2014

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With the backdrop of much-needed feminism, issues of masculinity are being brought into question – what is a man’s place in society, and is it different to that of a woman’s? Are men objectified? Are there, really, any traditional traits that can be considered “masculine” – or has this term become obsolete?

In response to this questioning of the male role in society, a talk was held at central London charitable organisation the House of St Barnabus in an attempt to shed light on some of these issues.

The event took place in Soho on Tuesday this week, and saw audience members listen to talks from writers Richard Benson and Mark Simpson and psychologist John McKeown, all of whom were debating the question of what really “makes a man.”

Before the presentations, audience members were invited to offer an answer to the question themselves.

Answers ranged from “Cooperation, compromise and crap jokes” to “Unbending authenticity” to “Being able to apologise, show basic manners and growing a beard of epic proportions.”

To see all the answers, have a flick through our gallery below.

The “Thing 9: How To Be A Man” lecture was part of an on-going lecture strand held by BUG, entitled “37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain”, in partnership with the House of St Barnabus.

BUG’s next talk, asking the question “Has money ruined London?”, will take place in February. For more information visit their website.

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