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"Fragile Masculinity " is a photo book by Matthew Dean Stewart, focusing on gender roles in our society and what it means to be a "Man"
"Fragile Masculinity " is a photo book by Matthew Dean Stewart, focusing on gender roles in our society and what it means to be a "Man"
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"Fragile Masculinity" is a book of photos taken by photographer Matthew Dean Stewart. Taken over the course of 3 months in 2017, the book will feature 60 photos of 30 men wearing the ultimate feminine article of clothing: the dress. 

Have you ever thought to yourself... "women have so many options for clothes, why can't men wear more exciting things?". This is designed to celebrate the beauty of the male form wearing something that society has deemed specific for females, and something that most men are so scared to wear themselves.

 What is it specifically about the dress signifies that it is only for women? And why can't it be socially acceptable for a man to wear any type of clothing. After all, it is just fabric and we should not be afraid of anything that could "challenge" our societal views of masculinity. 

This book is designed to show how this simple piece of clothing falls on a male body. Not in an elevated sense of drag or impersonating a woman, but how a stripped down male body looks wearing a dress. Paired with the exact same photo of them nude to celebrate bodies and attempting to break societal gender normalities. Finding the beauty in all types of men with all types of bodies. 

 The book will also feature a section where I have asked for submissions from many different illustrators, poets and creative writers from all over the world. Some of them are even featured as models in the book! I wanted to include many different voices and ask them what their idea of "Fragile Masculinity" is. The submissions I received completely exceeded my expectations and I can't imagine this book without them!

 

And here are the exciting incentives I have created JUST for you to say how grateful I am for your donations!

 As a special thank you for being a friend, I will give you a profile shoutout on my Instagram story!

 A limited edition 5x7 exclusive print straight out of the Fragile Masculinity book!

Plus all previous rewards!

I collaborated with illustrator Stevie Hannigan on a limited edition enamel pin, which includes our "Fragile Masculinity" logo!

Plus all previous rewards!

 You will be the first to receive your copy of "Fragile Masculinity"

Plus all previous rewards!

You will be the only one to receive this Limited edition and Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE zine featuring 20 photos of 10 men from 4 different US cities! Including never before released images. All taken by ME!

Plus all previous rewards!

 PHOTOSHOOT TIME!

Get an exclusive photoshoot with myself (on Instagram @matthewdeanstewart) and we will play around with your own ideas of fragile masculinity immortalized in this exclusive shoot!

If you live in the Pacific Northwest I will drive to wherever you are and get this shoot DONE!

Must live within 200 miles of Portland Oregon and shoot date must be planned a month in advance.

 All of the money raised through this Kickstarter will be to pay for all the costs it requires to produce a high quality photo book. I will be working with a local printing house out of Portland, Oregon and be able to be hands on with the printing process. This will ensure that I am providing the best quality product with the highest standards, and respecting the photos and illustrations. And using the money to make this exciting and different for the readers! I hope to raise enough to provide a book that I am proud to put in the hands of the people.

 Thank you SO MUCH! And I hope you're very happy with what I have been working on! I am SO EXCITED to finally bring this project into the physical hands of all the people. It has been a dream of mine to make a book, and I can't wait to share with you all! 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that this project faces is just the book itself. The money raised will represent the quality of the book. And to be able to afford the best quality materials for an outstanding quality book.

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    Thank you for being a friend!

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    Limited Edition 5x7 Print

    A limited edition 5x7 exclusive print straight out of the Fragile Masculinity book!

    Plus all previous awards!

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    Limited Edition Enamel Pin

    We worked with illustrator Stevie Hannigan on a limited edition enamel pin, which includes our "Fragile Masculinity" logo!

    Plus all previous rewards!

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    First Run Copy of "Fragile Masculinity"

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    Exclusive Copy of "The Dean's List" Zine

    You will be the only one to receive this Limited edition and Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE zine featuring 20 photos of 10 men from 4 different US cities! Including never before released images. All taken by ME!

    Plus all previous rewards!

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    LIGHTS, CAMERA ACTION!

    PHOTOSHOOT TIME!

    Get an exclusive photoshoot with myself (Matthew Dean Stewart) and we will play around with your own ideas of fragile masculinity immortalized in this exclusive shoot!

    If you live in the Pacific Northwest I will drive to wherever you are and get this shoot DONE!

    Must live within 200 miles of Portland Oregon and shoot date must be planned a month in advance.

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