The web physique positivity motion was began by plus-sized ladies who needed a secure area on the web to rejoice their our bodies, which the mainstream noticed as unworthy of any consideration or adoration.
Nearly a decade later, the motion has expanded to simply accept and embody women and men of all shapes, sizes and bodily “imperfections”. One of many few blindspots of the motion, are bald males.
The dialog in regards to the illustration of bald males has lastly began, thanks to 2 Bollywood movies that are set to hit theatres soon–the Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Bala, and Ujda Chaman that includes Sunny Singh and Maanvi Gaagroo.
Whereas the Bala trailer hints at a person deeply self-conscious of his balding head, Ujda Chaman revolves round a 30-year-old man who’s intent on discovering love, though everybody round him thinks that his “takla” head will turn out to be a deterrent.
The male physique positivity motion
The physique positivity motion was a hard-earned victory for plus-sized ladies, lots of them recognized as feminists, they usually needed to battle quite a lot of hatred to carve out an area for themselves. The male physique positivity motion continues to be a lesser-known and smaller presence on the web.
It is going to be factually unsuitable to state that women and men face the identical quantity of strain to evolve to common requirements of magnificence. Usually talking, ladies’s our bodies, no matter measurement they might be, are extra closely policed than males’s. Nonetheless, this isn’t to say that males don’t have insecurities or must see themselves represented.
Aside from a couple of Instagram pages, the dialog in regards to the visibility and appreciation of males who don’t match into the macho stereotype (tall-dark-handsome, bearded-tattooed, and so on.) has nonetheless not gained power within the mainstream.
Bald males within the male physique positivity motion
Until now, the male physique positivity motion has been restricted to plus-sized males, and the conversations have unmasked a deep-seated want to evolve to the mainstream thought of masculinity.
Similar to plus-sized ladies, bald males hardly ever get any constructive illustration in mainstream media. A bald man is seen as an individual devoid of youth and vitality, and infrequently used as a counterpoint in opposition to a extra masculine archetype, with a full head of hair. This in flip, reinforces the message that they’re much less enticing and fascinating.
This theme is central to Ujda Chaman, the trailer of which features a scene the place the protagonist is thrown out of a “ladki dekhna” scenario as a result of he’s bald, and due to this fact not eligible for marriage. We’ve seen this messaging many instances in common tradition. The bald man isn’t the protagonist, he’s the sidekick used for comedian impact, the definition of a punchline.
We’ve by no means seen a sexualised picture of a bald man in Bollywood, as a result of we’re instructed that bald males are merely not attractive. We should wait and watch whether or not Bala and Ujda Chaman change that dialog, or will they merely peddle extra stereotypes.