These days, some people question how “manly” men can be based solely on their choices of clothing. The approach of BTS to such a loaded term is refreshing. BTS’s Suga says there is this culture where masculinity is defined by certain emotions and characteristics. He also states that he is not fond of words such as “masculinity.” Suga, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery in his hometown of Daegu still wonders what the word means.
BTS Challenges the Western Heteronormative Masculinity
Whether it’s embracing the flower boy aesthetic that was popularized in Asia during the ‘90s in promotional photoshoots or discussing their makeup routines, and sought-after skincare, BTS challenges the western heteronormative masculinity based solely on how they present themselves. The box-checking approach is what baffles the K-Pop star Suga.
About Mental Health and Weakness
He claims that people’s conditions vary every day. Sometimes a person is in good condition, sometimes – not. Because of this, a person gets an idea of their physical health. Suga also explains that the same thing applies to mental health. On some days, a person is in a great state, and on other days – not. Many even pretend to be fine, saying that they are not ‘weak.’ Suga doesn’t agree with this. He thinks that since a person is not considered a weak person if their physical condition is not that good, the same should apply to their mental condition. He hopes that society will become more understanding.
BTS’ Artistic Revolt Against Toxic Masculinity
In line with Suga’s words, and maybe even more refreshing than any aesthetic choices, is the openness of Bangtan about mental health. Toxic masculinity surely takes a toll on emotions. For many years, BTS has been open about the hurdles they have faced. Naturally, as musicians, they have also penned the sentiments in song form, more specifically in tracks like “Shadow,” “Black Swan,” and others. The Korean artists think that there is no need for people to live their lives based on the standards of others.