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UK’s feminist first-ever ‘mental health czar’: Let’s curtail teen-age boys’ access to gyms

September 17, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

But Devon’s main issue with gyms is that they encourage boys to be…too masculine.

“It’s a testosterone-fuelled space where teenage boys can find older men who will instruct and induct them into the ways of fitness culture. It’s little wonder they’re seeking gym memberships in their droves….

“Secondly, there’s the potential for distorted body image. Over the past decade, ie since gyms went mainstream, male hospitalisations for eating disorders have risen by 70 per cent, according to excellent charity Men Gets Eating Disorders Too. This is not, I believe, a coincidence. Obsession with being muscular is not the same as wanting to be healthy and whilst gyms can undoubtedly assist men with the latter, they can just as easily fuel the former.”

We can’t have young men developing muscles!

Posted by Charlotte Allen


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