PEEP SHOW star Robert Webb has challenged the pressures of gender norms in a Channel 4 interview while promoting his new book.
Titled ‘How Not to be a Boy’, the memoir covers Robert’s past and the effect pressure to ‘man up’ and to conform to societal pressures had on him:
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) August 29, 2017
Robert also said that the pressure to hide your emotions can be particularly damaging as it means these feelings can then come out as anger.
“If you keep hearing, ‘Don’t feel these feelings – grief, pain, anxiety,’ it starts to sound uncannily like not don’t express these feelings, but don’t feel these feelings, and it has to come out somewhere,” he explained. “And it often comes out as anger.”
Jo Loughran, Director of Operations at Time to Change the mental health campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, said: “It’s great to see Robert Webb, one of the most recognisable faces of British comedy talking seriously about men and mental health.
“Too many men don’t talk about how they are really feeling because they are worried about being judged by those around them. This has to be the generation for change. That’s why we’ve launched the ‘In Your Corner’ campaign – to encourage men to look out for their mates and step in if they’re acting differently.”
Robert’s openness also won him support on Twitter:
— Stephen Ball (@stephendball) August 30, 2017
— Debbie Roche (@snapshot_mh) August 30, 2017