IF it walks like an Aussie bloke, talks like an Aussie bloke, it probably is an Aussie bloke. Or so you’d think.
A new study has found the Aussie bloke is much more than meets the eye. He needs man time, uses humour as an all-purpose coping mechanism, is torn between work and fatherhood commitments but would choose his children first, and is quietly romantic at heart.
These findings are based on The Modern (Aussie) Man white paper, a new study which conducted one-to-one interviews with 140 men from a broad cross section of Australian demographics.
1. Amateur Comedian
Humour is his Swiss Army Knife of Life: a coping/resilience facilitator, stress reducer, relaxant, relationship builder, and breaker of awkward moments.
2. Broadband Connector
The better quality his relationships — partner, friends, family — the more likely he is to be healthy and happy. While mateship and sport connect him to the broader population, great friendships bring out his true happy self.
3. Sensitive Cockatoo
His emotional evolution is exhibited in quiet sensitivity and desire for mutual respect and equality for both genders. Do not mistake his desire for peace over disruption of emasculation.
4. Action Man
Being an outdoorsy man and feeling the freedom to be his authentic masculine self are life affirming traits. Strength of character is more important than strength of body.
5. Nurturing Knight
He is physically and emotionally torn between work and fatherhood commitments but would ultimately prioritise his children if a choice was required.
6. Unassuming Romantic
He’s a romantic at heart; loving the surprise and delight element of romance the most. Lack of fresh ideas, anxiety over ‘getting it right’ and forgetfulness are holding him back from being more Lothario.
7. Retail Ranger
He is retro-masculine; the original Levi’s Man with subtle modern stylishness and a distinctly Australian swagger.