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ABC’s Man Up tackles the tragedy of male suicide – but only among blokey blokes

Nov 2nd, 2016 by

The series is well-meaning but spends too much time trying to entertain and too little challenging the normalised, constructed identity of Australian manhood

According to figures released last month, Australia’s suicide rate is increasing, and death among men from intentional self-harm is three times greater than that for women.

In Man Up, a three-part ABC-TV series which aired its second episode on Tuesday, radio presenter Gus Worland is spurred by the 2006 suicide of a friend, Angus – and, more recently, conversations with his widow and daughter – to challenge stoic, self-reliant stereotypes of masculinity, and instead champion emotional vulnerability and communication as signs of strength.

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