Scientific Study: Men and Body Image


“Research suggests that cultural shifts in the ways men’s bodies are represented lead men to feel

increasingly dissatisfied with their appearance. Clothing is an ideal but underresearched mechanism

for appearance management; however, little is known about men’s presentation of their

bodies through clothed displays. This article explores the ways in which men’s subjective feelings

about their bodies influence their clothing practices. Thematic analysis revealed 4 key themes:

practicality of clothing choices, lack of concern about appearance, use of clothing to conceal or

reveal the body, and use of clothing to fit cultural ideals. This article demonstrates the pervasive

and mundane role of clothing in men’s self-surveillance and self-presentation and the range and

complexity of the processes involved in clothing the body...”  From the journal called Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 2004, Vol. 5, No. 1, 40–48.

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