Gnabry: ‘Restrictive’ gender roles holding footballers back

first_imgBayern Munich and Germany star Serge Gnabry believes traditional ideas of masculinity are outdated, including when it comes to talking about modern football.The 24-year-old former Arsenal winger continued his meteoric rise on Wednesday evening, scoring his 10th international goal on only his 11th appearance in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina.Gnabry has faced struggles in his young career, most notably in a difficult loan spell at West Brom while with the Gunners. But after returning to Germany with Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and now Bayern, he is now establishing himself as one of the most effective attacking widemen in world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “For me, it is more important to be a good person than a good man,” he told GQ Germany as part of their ‘New Masculinity’ campaign.“For me, this is someone who looks out for his environment, who wants good for other people, who is honest and forward-thinking.“Gender roles provide orientation. But they also restrict you. Masculinity in the classical sense is not important to me, it’s always about being the strongest. But the topic of ‘New Masculinity’ interests me a lot. For me, new masculinity means freedom, openness and respect for individual ways of life.”Gnabry spoke about the positive influence of his father, who accompanied him when he moved to England at the age of just 16.Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz, GermanyHe says his guidance as a man and a footballer helped him avoid bad influences and develop an openness and honesty about his thoughts and feelings.“If my team lost a really important game, I cried in front of him,” Gnabry said. “Once, when he was our coach and shouted at me for mistakes of my teammates.“But that made me harder. That’s what characterizes you for life. You can handle criticism better. My dad has accompanied my whole career and has always been there for me. Through football we have a mega-tight bond. He is a role model for me.“In competitive sports, it is often presented as a weakness when we talk about pressure, when we reveal our feelings, what we really think and feel. But every person has weaknesses and fears.“This is often forgotten because, like machines, we always have to accelerate, always have to perform. If we talked more about feelings, things would change. It would be clear that we are only human, that we make mistakes, that it can’t always go well.“Maybe this would be a way to escape the pressure, to perform anew, to react anew and to have a different self-confidence.”last_img read more

Want to Get Dirty in the Name of Wine Heres How to

first_img Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Session Wines Are Your Best Easy-Drinking Buddies Grape harvest season is just around the corner, and if you didn’t know, this is the make-or-break perennial stretch for scores of winemakers. In the northern hemisphere, the harvest tends to fall in September and October, meaning producers are presently looking to finalize their staff to make sure they have enough helping hands when the first truckload of fruit arrives.Mark Stock/The ManualWhether you’re formally interested in an actual position or casually interested in observing the culture, here are three ways to get involved during the 2019 vintage. Consider an InternshipThere are countless tales of folks giving up their day jobs and joining the wine realm full-time after working a harvest (which can be pretty backbreaking at times). An internship is a great way to immerse yourself in the trade and often requires little more than a good work ethic and some stamina.Mark Stock/The ManualThe harvest window is about eight weeks and most entry-level positions involve repetitive tasks like pumping over tanks or analyzing samples (checking sugar levels, pH, etc.). But it’s wildly engaging, as every ferment behaves differently and every winemaker has his or her own philosophy. It’s an amazing time to see an artist at work and if you’re lucky enough to work at a smaller label, you’ll learn loads from the cellar crew. Even if you don’t come away with a new career in mind, you may have the tools to make some wine at home or at least have a better understanding of how the stuff comes to be.What’s more, there are wine regions in amazing places all over the globe. You can leverage your interest and ability to work long days to transport you to places like New Zealand, Croatia, South Africa, and the Okanagan. Resources like are great for domestic gigs while sites like WWOOF offer international opportunities. Sort or Sample FruitDuring the lead up to harvest, many wineries will send people out to collect fruit samples. That means walking sunbaked vineyard rows with a bag in hand, grabbing random grape berries and ultimately testing the juice. It’s a great way to walk through some pretty private property as well as get a glimpse at what kind of wine the winemaking year might produce.Mark Stock/The ManualAs harvest sets in, grape-sorting is another great option. It’s a pretty simple task that one could do for a weekend afternoon in exchange for a hearty harvest lunch or special rates on wines. Sorters weed out unwanted fruit, from unripe or diseased clusters to leaves and other debris. You can wear your juice-stained hands like a proud badge and experience the excitement as winemakers get their first real look at the vintage. Spectator SportIf you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, simply enjoy a tasting at a working winery and observe all of the action. The activity is highly entertaining, from the loading and unloading of half-ton fruit bins via forklift to barrel repair and punch-downs, there’s plenty of stimulation. And there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly fermenting wine.Mark Stock/The ManualCollaborative wineries like Carlton Winemakers Studio in the Willamette Valley or the incubators at the airport in Walla Walla are great options. Here, you can enjoy a smattering of wines made in-house while you witness those very winemakers working on the newest batch. Tasting room personnel can add detail to what you’re observing, from the next round of press loads to wine racking. And if you can’t make it out to wine country, take in harvest from the comfort of home through the blogosphere or an interesting wine personality.Just remember to be courteous and inquire first about any and all roles with the wineries themselves. Producers vary greatly in size and approachability but it never hurts to inquire — via email, social media, phone, or in person — to see how you might be able to lend a hand. Keep in mind that harvest means a ton of activity, from slow tractors on country roads to forklifts scurrying in and out of busy urban cellars. Be mindful of equipment and closed-off areas. last_img read more

Invite for SLFP anniversary event handed over to Mahinda

The 65th anniversary of the SLFP will be celebrated on September 4 in Kurunegala.Senior SLFP member John Seniviratne handed over the invitation to Rajapaksa and he is reported to have accepted it. President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other SLFP members are expected to attend the event. (Colombo Gazette) The invitation to attend the Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) 65th anniversary event was handed over to SLFP member and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The invitation was handed over to the former President at his Mirihana residence. read more