MONSTA X’s I.M Reveals What He Believes The Definition Of “Masculinity” Really Is

Sorry gender norms, you don’t belong in 2021!

The topic of masculinity and what the word means is still a question being asked in 2021. Yet, in K-Pop, it is a word that is slowly losing significance as idols bend gender norms and conform to their own standards.

MONSTA X is one of those idol groups breaking down societal norms, whether being the faces of makeup brand Urban Decay or their on-stage outfits.

In an interview with Recording Academy Grammy Awards, the group was asked for their definition of masculinity. As expected, I.M‘s response was perfect. He explained that they are a group that doesn’t want to define the word. 

Each person has their own thoughts, experiences, and environments. It’s hard to fit this definition to a person and this meaning to another person.

— I.M

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I.M then went on to add that, because of the lack of restrictions a person should have, their advice is to focus on yourself.

We want to say this: Masculinity? Just define it yourself. Define it your way. [For us,] it [means] being us. That’s it.

— I.M

It is not the first time that I.M has been outspoken about the concept of masculinity. During an interview with GQ, I.M had a similar answer, explaining that everyone has their own definition of the word. He even added that it’s about loving yourself, not saying that men and women should act a certain way.

Have a read of other ways MONSTA X is promoting inclusivity, battling gender norms, and being LGBTQIA+ allies.

Here Are 15 Times When MONSTA X Proved Themselves To Be LGBTQIA+ Allies

Source: Recording Academy Grammy Awards and FI