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REAL BODIES V FAKE BODIES

DO YOU ENJOY LOOKING AT HOT BODIES IN MAGAZINES BUT FEEL THEY PRESSURISE YOU TO AIM FOR THE UNATTAINABLE? TO DISTINGUISH FANTASY FROM REALITY, OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MATT CAIN STRIPS OFF FOR A REAL BODIES SPECIAL — AND REVEALS WHAT MAGAZINES CAN DO TO HIDE IMPERFECTIONS

Many men have a difficult relationship with their body but for gay men this can be particularly tricky. We live in a society in which masculinity is linked to physical prowess and if we’re made to feel lacking in this department, we often blame our bodies. As a skinny child and one who was often identified as effeminate, I didn’t ever view my body as something to celebrate or be proud of.

My relationship with my body was also complicated by various physical problems. I have scoliosis, a condition which means my spine is crooked and can cause backache and recurrent muscle injuries. I have another condition which means my heart cuts out at random intervals, forcing me to lose consciousness for around 30 seconds; this is managed by a pacemaker, which kicks in whenever my heart cuts out (fortunately, the scar has faded).

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Tom Daley is on the cover of Attitude’s ‘Body’ issue, talking exclusively about his ideal physique and why he’s tired of being seen as just a body. Plus, Attitude celebrates the male form in a revealing shoot with eleven men... Our survey of over 5000 readers reveals the shocking truth about how gay men really feel about their body… Editor-in-Chief Matt Cain strips off to show exactly what magazines can do to turn a real body into a fantasy physique… Plus, Joel Dommett reveals some rather embarrassing personal details about his time in the I’m A Celebrity… jungle.
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