Homer is an independent online publishing project dedicated to creating and funding content that discusses masculinities and challenges the idea of what it means to be a man.
We often look at men and think it’s simple. This site is run by men and we think that all the time.
But through conversations, through looking at and being men just that little bit longer, we’ve decided it’s not. And what’s more, it’s not easy.
You may be thinking we’re “men’s rights” folk, but we’re not.
We’re “complicate masculinity for the greater good” folk. Yes, there’s a patriarchy going on, and capitalism isn’t helping curb anyone’s impulse to be individualistic, but that doesn’t mean men are an uncomplicated whole, or a set of sub-divided identities.
There is no ‘real man,’ no matter what he looks like.
Masculinity is a fluid, contested thing, and people who aren’t men have just as much say in creating the idea of what a ‘man’ is as any of us.
We think it’s important to broaden ideas of what a role model for men looks like.
That’s going to mean men, women, young, old, straight, gay, brown, black, living with disabilities and much, much more. Homer is primarily about men stepping up to have this conversation together, but Homer invites and encourages writing from women, LGBTIQA writers and writers of all races, ethnicities and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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 nuance and depth to the idea of what makes anybody a man.
Homer is produced in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia, and acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngunnawal people and the Turrbul people. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.