Masculinity has been one of the hottest issues in society today–especially if it becomes toxic. But how do we identify toxic? In other parts of the world, several campaigns and advertisements tried to answer the question, but triggered only debates. (Watch: This eye-opening, heart-touching #MeToo add challenges ‘toxic masculinity’)
For Skechers’ Philippines ambassador Gerald Anderson, ‘masculinity’ is something more than just the physical appearance of a man.
“Masculinity is more than just the physique,” Anderson told MB Life during the launch of Skechers newest Streetwear collection for men. However, in respect to other people’s opinion, the Kapamilya actor acknowledges the fact that everyone has their own definition of the term.
But the actor set his standard of a real gentleman. For Anderson, being a gentleman is what really makes a male, a MAN. “Gentleman is someone who has values. Nagtatrabaho para sa pamilya, treats a woman right, treats her like a princess, and someone who’s responsible, someone who’s there as a friend,” he explained.
With all the pressure of being a celebrity, Anderson also said that he’s not the type of man that adheres to social norms, this, he considers, allows him to stay relevant in show business industry for more than a decade now.
“I don’t follow any image or kung an0 yung gusto ng tao sa akin. I’m just being me. Ayun yung pinakaimportante. Nakapag-survive naman ako ng medyo matagal sa showbusiness by just being me,” he shared.
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