Lena Dirscherl, who is known online as BoPoLena, is an artist and body acceptance activist, and they can perfectly blend the two together.

Recently, BoPoLena has been working on an illustration series dedicated to the male body. More specifically, the struggles that come with it—both internal and external.

"It seems I've struck a nerve with this message: body positivity is not only for women," BoPoLena said. "No, it's for all genders! Men also suffer [from] diet culture and the pressure to look as 'attractive' as possible. But you all are already beautiful! You are great the way you are! You don't need diets or gyms to be worthy! You are already worthy and loved!"

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-Stitch-
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1 month ago

YES.IT.DOES.

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Daria B
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1 month ago

I like this one. The "real man" is a concept, it's not real.

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BoPoLena started drawing and posting body positive messages every week on Instagram in August 2016. "I realized very quickly that most people assume that body issues, eating disorders and the struggle for acceptance are 'women's issues,'" BoPoLena told Bored Panda.

"[But that] is not true at all! However, that might be the reason why the body positive community online is dominated by white able-bodied heterosexual cis women. Which I think is ironic since the whole movement has its origins in the Fat Acceptance Movement which was led by black women and people of color."

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TheLazyPoki
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1 month ago

YES. Men crying is deemed too feminine, and that seriously needs to stop. Crying is just a natural thing that people do, and it isn't okay to just bottle up your emotions to seem more like a man. If anything, people should be more feminine if this is what comes of being masculine.

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denzoren
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1 month ago

We don't wear clothes apparently...just drape some tarpaulin and we're good to go.

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BoPoLena isn't the only soldier on the front. In recent years, male celebrities, including Chris Pratt, Ed Sheeran, and Robert Pattinson have been increasingly vocal when it comes to insecurities about their looks.

And it's been long overdue. Research by psychiatrists at UCLA shows that overall, people nowadays feel worse about the way they look than they did in the 1970s.

The problem concerns not just college guys hitting the gym to try to get a date: around 90 percent of boys in middle and high school exercise at least occasionally with the specific goal of bulking up. It's about time we start speaking about it more.

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ScarlettofHydraIsland
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1 month ago

And neither are the pictures you see on Instagram. Lighting and angles matter, and also, people (like me) tend to suck in their stomachs.

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Ozacoter
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1 month ago

Completely :) We need to encourage men to not be ashamed of bolding. It is a natural process and one that its nobody's fault.

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As you can see, BoPoLena features a very diverse set of characters in their work. "In each of my series, I focus on a different group that hasn't been represented very well in the BoPo community yet. I did an illustration series on men, on non-binary folx, on intersex people and my next series will be on trans people of all genders."

The artist also plans to tackle disabilities and chronic illnesses in the future but they still need to do more research on these topics. "I'm always in close contact with people of the groups that I try to represent in my art in order to amplify their voices."

BoPoLena says it's their goal to spread body positivity for all people, in all bodies, so that everyone can feel represented in the movement, and if you ask me, they're doing one heck of a job.

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-Stitch-
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1 month ago

:’)

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Xottel
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1 month ago

Well I have always been skinny (not on purpose, I hated it) and this looks like my best school buddy and me

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Ryan Deschanel
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1 month ago (edited)

Really? I'm 5'6 / 171cm tall, so why does everybody hate / reject / despise me because of that?

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

yes yes yes !!! couldn't agree more. i'm a man myself. i love cooking and gardening. i have absolutely no interest in sports or cars. deal with it !!

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Daria B
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1 month ago

A moderate amount of femininity is attractive, to be honest. But tastes vary by individuals anyway, so just try to be comfortable with who you are. If you keep your aesthetics and mannerisms for others, there's always going to be someone who doesn't like you, so not worthy bothering for that.

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Ambar
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1 month ago

everyone needs emotional support, men need it as much as women!

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Ozacoter
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1 month ago

I have always been more attracted to men considered short. As a short woman it just makes more sense.

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Simon Smith
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1 month ago

Health issues, its a real problem 😒

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Ambar
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1 month ago

struggles to me are ok and help you grow. having family issues and need to cry that's ok! having money issues and need to cry that's ok! need to vent that's fine!

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

once again yes yes yes !! 41yo man speaking. i do cry. sad or happy i cry when emotions are strong. and there is nothing wrong with that. plus i really don't care what people think about it. let's stop pushing men to be emotionless robots. that toxic masculinity is extremely destructive and has to stop !!

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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1 month ago

That's just genetics, not whatever standard of "manliness" applies to having a beard.

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Josh Tall
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1 month ago

we have more love to give!

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Bettie-Jean Neal
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1 month ago

Reproduction is overrated.

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Ozacoter
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1 month ago

Also most women don't really want a big penis, or at leas the ones I asked about this. We need forplay not a big c**k.

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L - E - Y, (V.1.O)
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1 month ago

He looks amaze

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Simon Smith
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1 month ago

Correct but not fat, health issues will come in 😁

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Kitty Luna Darrow
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1 month ago

These are so sweet :)

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Simon Smith
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1 month ago

Correct

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Ozacoter
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1 month ago

You should only do it if its to make yourself happier.

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-Stitch-
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1 month ago

Absolutely great. The greatest

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Daria B
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1 month ago (edited)

I know this is specifically referring to intersex people, as explicitly stated within the picture. However, I'd really like to point out how someone's voice - whether it's talking or singing - can really be an amazing charming point that can do wonders to a woman/man's psyche. When talking about attraction, the topics tend to put so much focus on the visual parts of the body, and the voice is often overlooked, but it can be such a strong point sometimes.

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Daria B
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1 month ago

It's also hard to be Ryu ♡

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Iggy
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1 month ago

Please don't do that. If you want to go, great. If you don't, great.

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-Stitch-
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1 month ago

Cool I will so take that

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