We want to shine a light on masculinity and add a whole mess of depth to what role models for men look like. Here’s how we hope to do it.

 

First, Homer believes there is no ‘real man.’

We might not think much of alpha male stereotypes, but there is no ‘real man,’ no matter what he looks like. We are trying to broaden ideas of what a role model for men looks like, though. That’s going to mean men, women, young, old, straight, gay, brown, black, living with disabilities and much, much more.

Second, Homer takes the concept of masculinity apart with men’s help.

Homer invites and encourages writing from women, LGBTIQA writers and writers of all races and CALD backgrounds, but it won’t go far to destigmatising male vulnerability et al. without the public complicity of men. There are many men who do it privately – Homer is about men going public with the conversation, in concert with everyone else.

The upshot? If even a single person leaves this site more confused about what it means to ‘be a man,’ we will have succeeded.

Through essays, op–eds, memoir, art, photography and more, Homer hopes to open masculinity up for discussion and lend some shades of grey (not that kind) to the idea of what makes anybody a man. Thanks for visiting. You can contact us here and find out how to submit to us here.

Homer is produced in Canberra, Australia, and acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngunnawal people. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.