How to Be a Big Strong Man

A modern guide to masculinity
By Samuel Leighton-Dore


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About How to Be a Big Strong Man

This book is definitive proof that masculinity as we know it is a myth. A big, dumb, silly and quite poorly constructed myth! This book pokes light-hearted fun at the very notion of manhood, by offering a contemporary guide to masculinity. Thus: How to Be A Big Strong Man.

Through its 150 tongue-firmly-in-cheek illustrations by queer artist Samuel Leighton-Dore, this book explores the many identities of a modern man. A manly man gets a pedicure, and manly man calls his grandmother for a nice long chat. Above all, a manly man can cry whenever he pleases and knows that “manliness” is an outdated and damaging construct… Duh!

Just a few short years ago, anyone using the term “toxic masculinity” would likely have received blank stares or derision in return. But now, at this critical societal juncture, everyone in Australia (and beyond) is thinking and talking about how ideas of manhood (as prescribed from birth) affects the way men think and act. How to Be A Big Strong Man explores all these weighty ideas through its cute, cheeky and satirical cartoons – drawn from Samuel’s colourful mind.

Book details

Publication date
August 2019 (UK)
September 2019 (US)
200 mm × 145 mm
144 pages

About the author

Samuel Leighton-Dore is an Australian writer of queer culture, a satirical cartoonist, a painter of explicit murals, and a crafter of ceramic phalluses. His writing has appeared in publications such as SBS,, Gay Times, DNA and Huffington Post, and he has had solo gallery shows around Australia (most recently at the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras).