The Project

Drawing (24)is a funded Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (2015-2017) headed by Prof Gary Dowsett, Dr Duane Duncan and Dr Steven Angelides, and managed by Dr Andrea Waling.

Men’s bodies are increasingly visible in movies, advertising and popular culture, while the bodies of football players and other prominent athletes are routinely celebrated for their appearance. There are increased opportunities for men to style the body with fashion, skincare, weight training and dietary practices, and magazines like Men’s Health promote specific health and lifestyle advice for men.

But what do men and women think of such imagery and practices? How do everyday Australian men relate to these new pressures of attaining a particular type of body? What do women think of such bodies?

This project seeks to investigate such questions by exploring men’s views and women’s views about male body image and fitness practices.


Body Image Advert 2Date: December 7th 2018

Location: La Trobe University City Campus, 360 Collins St, Melbourne CBD, Australia

Time: 9:45am-5:30pm

Cost: Free Event

Registration: Limited availability (45 spots), first come best dressed.

Food & Drink: Morning & afternoon tea, and a light lunch will be provided.

Click here to be redirected to our registration site! (Available October 5th 2018) 


This one day symposium explores new social science and cultural studies research into male bodies, and the cultural and body modification practices through which contemporary masculinities are being constructed and performed. Local and international speakers working in gender, sexuality and trans* studies, men’s and masculinity studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural and media studies disciplines will present innovative research that contributes to current debates and research agendas on men, men’s health, and male bodies.

Registration opens at 9:45am, with the opening session at 10am.


Professor Kath Albury (Swinburne University, AU)

Dr Steven Angelides (La Trobe University, AU)

Professor Chris Beasley (University of Adelaide, AU)

Professor Gary Dowsett (La Trobe University, AU)

Dr Duane Duncan (Curtin University, AU; University of New England, AU)

Dr Renae Fomiatti (Curtain University, AU)

Dr Jamie Hakim (University of East Anglia, UK)

Dr J.R. Latham (University of Melbourne; Curtin University, AU)

Dr Kyle Mulrooney (University of New England, AU)

Professor Richard Pringle (Monash University, AU)

Dr Mair Underwood (University of Queensland, AU)

Dr Katinka Van de Ven (University of New South Wales, AU)

Dr Andrea Waling(La Trobe University, AU)


A downloadable PDF copy of the program is available now!Muscling Up Symposium Program

Beyond Body Image Program 7.12.2018

Information includes:

  • Speaker biographies, abstracts and twitter handles
  • How to get there on the day
  • Program agenda


Meet The Team

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) based at La Trobe University is a  world ranked centre for social research into various aspects of human life, including gender, bodies, sexuality, and relationships. It works collaboratively and in partnership with communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals in relevant fields to produce research that promotes positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives.

Prof Gary Dowsett

Professor Gary Dowsett, PhD, is Deputy Director at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (2008) and Adjunct Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia. A sociologist, he has long been interested in research concerning men’s health and men’s bodies. He is author, co-author or co-editor of six books, more than 80 book chapters and academic papers, and over 90 other publications.

Dr Duane Duncan

Dr Duane Duncan, PhD is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of New England, and an honorary research fellow in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. Duane’s research interests include the relationship between masculinity, men’s health, and men’s motivations for weight training and getting fit.


Dr Steven Angelides

Dr Steven Angelides, PhD, is Senior Grants Officer in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. His recent research interests include the study of the sexual objectification of masculinity and men’s bodies in media and popular culture.

Dr Andrea Waling

Dr Andrea Waling, PhD is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. Andrea has a keen interest in exploring men’s experiences of masculinity, and investigating historical and contemporary illustrative representations of men.

Research Outputs

Check out where we’re at with our research dissemination on this project!


  • Waling, Andrea., Duncan, Duane., Angelides, Steven., & Dowsett, Gary. (2018). ‘Men and Masculinity in Men’s Magazines: A Review.’ Sociology Compass. 12(7):e12593. 1-26. doi: 10.1111/soc4.12593



  • Waling, Andrea [Presenter]., Duncan, Duane., Angelides, Steven., & Dowsett, Gary. (Forthcoming). Enacting feminist sexualities in a ‘postfeminist’ world: Women’s experiences of attraction to men’s bodies. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Precarity, Rights and Resistance. November 19-22. Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Waling, Andrea. ‘Men in the female gaze.’ The 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA): Bodies, Sexualities, Masculinities. March 22-25. University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN.

  • Waling, Andrea [presenter]., Duane, Duncan., Angelides, Steven, & Dowsett, Gary. ‘For me or not for me?: Women’s reflections on men’s bodywork and sex.’ The 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA): Bodies, Sexualities, Masculinties. March 22-25. University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN.
  • Duncan, Duane [presenter]., Waling, Andrea., Angelides, Steven., & Dowsett, Gary. ‘Gym journeys and emotional capitalism: Australian men, sexualisation and body work.’ The 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA): Bodies, Sexualities, Masculinties. March 22-25. University of Minnesota, Minnesota, MN.

  • Waling, Andrea. ‘Locating the Erotic (Hetero) Male: Thinking about objectification, sexualisation, and masculinity.’  Masculinities in Education Speaker Series, Craigie Hall, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, CA, March 1.
  • “Muscling Up project: Accounts on men contemplating a transition to PIED use.” (Waling, Andrea., [presenter]; Duncan, Duane; Angelides, Steven; & Dowsett, Gary). Fit for purpose: The legal, medical and social barriers and enablers to safer PIED injecting. Monash Law Chambers, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. February 16.


  • Duane, Duncan [Presenter]; Angelides, Steven; Dowsett, Gary. (2017). ‘Those bodies aren’t meant for us’: Rethinking objectification and the female gaze through women’s perceptions on men’s bodywork practices. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Belonging in a Mobile World. November 27-30. The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.


  • Duncan, Duane [Presenter]; Waling, Andrea; Angelides, Steven, & Dowsett, Gary. (2016). (Extra)Ordinary Men: Performing Crisis and Masculinity in Media Representations of Men’s Bodies. 2016 The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Cities and Successful Societies. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. November 28th-December 1st.
  • Waling, Andrea [Presenter]; Duncan, Duane; Angelides, Steven; & Dowsett, Gary. (29.08.2016).  Muscling Up: Masculinity, Bodywork and the Evasion of Sexuality. Public Seminar. Melbourne Feminist History Group, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AU




  • Waling, Andrea. Expert Interview for radio segment ‘Drive with Rafael Epstein’. (24.05.2017). Topic: Muscling Up project, men’s body image, women’s desires. ABC Melbourne: 774 AM.


  • Waling, Andrea. Expert Interview for the radio segment ‘Panorama’ (02.08.2016). Topic: young men, media and body image. SYN: 90.7
  • Waling, Andrea. Expert Interview for the radio segment “Masculinity” (19.06.2016). Topic: Australian identity, masculinity, men’s body image, men’s emotions.  ABC: Triple J-The Hook Up with Hannah Reilly.


This project has received approval from La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee: S15-23

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