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New group launched to support men

Students at Oxford University have launched a support group for men who want to explore their masculinity.

The founder of Man Collective-Oxford, Alex Linsley, 20, said the group is for any men who want to discuss what it means to be a man in today's world.

He said: "I don't think there's much clarity for men for what it means to be a man in today's society."

He said the group already had about 20 members and plans to meet regularly to work out what help the members need.

Mr Linsley said: "I set up the Man Collective partly as a response to what I'd faced in my life, and that was driven by not feeling like I was achieving what I wanted to achieve.

"If you look at the stereotypes that go around there's a big dichotomy.

"Should you be this big macho, strong figures, or should you be kind and caring and have a sensitive side?

"I don't think either of the perspectives are particularly useful on their own, and we need to start moving beyond them."

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