What makes a man manly? What traits must a guy possess to feel and be seen as a masculine, testosterone-emanating human specimen?
We conducted a little research on Google, and found out that the most common hypotheses tend to revolve around physical appearance and strength. You know, having a thick beard or a chiseled jawline, getting dirty fixing cars, and popping jars open — those sorts of things.
However, that's just the tip of the iceberg, as this portrait series by photographer Reesee Zigga Zagga effortlessly proves.
Back in 2013, Reesee attended the What Makes A Man conference in Toronto, and asked male attendees to complete the following sentence: "The manliest thing about me is ..."
The conference was organized by White Ribbon, a movement of men and boys to end violence against women, and to promote gender equality and a new vision of masculinity.
Naturally, no one mentioned rock-hard abs or eating slabs of bacon with their bare hands ...
To these men, masculinity was about something else — love, self-confidence, compassion, and many other beautiful things.
Reesee, who has experienced abuse herself and works with other survivors, says she was extremely happy to work on a project like this.
"I see a lot of anger directed towards men as a whole, but this only separates us further," Reesee told A Plus.
"I am passionate about shedding light on the men out there who DO care, who ARE gentle, who ARE loving, and who want to grow," she says.
In her post for The Good Men Project, Reesee also encourages men to take a minute and reflect by posing the same question to themselves.
"You may be surprised by the thoughts that surface," she writes.
This year, the What Makes A Man 2016 conference will be held on February 19 in Toronto. You can learn more by visiting the What Makes A Man website.