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(Graphic: ‘What do you think when you hear the phrase ‘be a man’?’)
Aboriginal Hatwhorn AFL player JARMAN IMPEY looks up towards the camera as the music starts.
IMPEY speaks: "I feel like the wording is you need to act tough, you need to be a man, and that's trying to be strong."
"And you know, you need to be brave and you need to be all these things where it's just like, 'okay, I get it', but there's different words around it."
"For myself it's a bit of a tough one, I guess, because I just think the language is poor around the word ‘be a man’."
(Graphic appears of ‘The Line’ logo)
There’s no one way to be a man.
It’s all too easy to copy the negative behaviours we see around us. But, we have a choice... to never follow and to remember that there is no one way to be a man.
[Titles] Zach Merrett, AFL Player and The Line Ambassador
I think the biggest one for me was, you know, feeling insecure or feeling like I was going to be judged for purely being myself. I sort of felt like at 15 you try to fit into the norms of society or the traditions of what a 15 year old Australian male is meant to be like. If I could go back ten years now it would just be be yourself. No one's judging, no one actually cares. People will celebrate you for being you. And that's something I try to portray to school kids when I go to do school talks now. Is to be yourself, and you'll fit in where you fit in at the right time, but don't feel judged by the people.
"People will celebrate you for being you."
Zach Merrett, AFL player
[Titles] Jarman Impey, AFL Player and The Line ambassador
Have the confidence to be yourself. If you're feeling uncomfortable to hang around a certain group. That group is not for you, you know what I mean?
You find yourself oh I don't like the way that they're making jokes or saying different things, like, that's not who I am. There's plenty of different social groups out there, and you'll find your way and you'll find your path. And you will eventually find your different personal groups. So just be confident with yourself.
I think this day and age, there's a lot of things changing. So there's a lot of different avenues to be whatever you want to be, which I think is just great. You don't have to just be strong, tough and superior and all these things. There's just a a whole lot of different things out there.
"Have the confidence to be yourself"
Jarman Impey, AFL player
[Titles] Ziggy Ramo, Musician and The Line ambassador
I think we often associate strength with aggression and force, but to me the ultimate test of strength is to be compassionate, to not resort to violence. And to me that's the joy of masculinity, to be able to overcome that sense of anger or insecurity. And overcome that with compassion and understanding.
“To me, real strength is the ability to be compassionate.”
Ziggy Ramo, hip-hop artist