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Australian rugby star David Pocock wants you to relook at the idea of real strength and masculinity

Australian rugby star David Pocock wants you to relook at the idea of real strength and masculinity

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Rugby star David Pocock is calling people to start a new conversation about what it means to be a man.

The 28-year-old Australian athlete is a known gay rights and marriage equality advocate, and has often spoken out on the issue of homophobia in sports.

Speaking to, Pocock remarked that ‘boys and young men are taught not to express their feelings and emotions, and that’s only making the problems worse.’

Pocock was sharing his ideas with students from Sydney’s Waverley College on Wednesday. He told SBS, ‘It was great being able to sit down and explore this idea of what is real strength and how do you cultivate this strength to care.’

He added that he wants young people to ‘consider sexism, homophobia, domestic violence and the way we treat our environment as issues we are all responsible for and all have a part in affecting.’

Pocock, who grew up in Zimbabwe, also shared about his view on the patriarchal structure of the Australian society, which is just as much as in his homeland, if not more.

‘[I moved] to a culture where my privilege was further enshrined… being a white heterosexual male who’s good at sport,’ he explained.

But Pocock is using his status and voice to fight for the rights of others. Previously, he and his girlfriend Emma have announced that they will not get married until gay and lesbian couples in Australia also have the legal right to do so.

‘Yeah we’ll wait. I think for us it’s something we don’t really want to be part of, if all of our friends don’t have that same opportunity if they want to get married,’ he said.

Pocock is currently working with Dove Men+Care to talk about the ‘outdated perceptions of masculinity in society.’

In the new video for the project, he shares about his journey to finding the strength he needs to speak up about his beliefs and also to face his insecurities.

Watch it here: