Sarcastic awards for men
These satirical drawings praise men for doing the bare minimum. 👏
Taking note of society's low standards for men
Comedian and writer Shelby Lorman draws satirical awards for men who are praised for the bare minimum. She calls them “Awards for Good Boys.” Lorman draws inspiration from a variety of sources — including celebrities and politicians. Her illustrations often satirize modern dating trends. Lorman's humorous take on the celebration of male mediocrity has led to a large following on her @awardsforgoodboys Instagram account. She published a book of her illustrations and comics in June 2019.
She’s not actually awarding the person
“It's about how low the bar is for men and how that's a problem for everyone, because what it does is, like, when they do achieve these things, that should be the baseline. They're celebrated for it. I specifically wanted to do it through humor because I was like, what is a way that kind of is disarming and lets you in? I want you to be laughing and then I want you to be thinking about it later.The more that I do this work, the more I realize like, holy shit, like this is about me. This is about my friends. This is about how we conceptualize things as good in society. I'm giving people permission to laugh at these things that are deeply, deeply unfunny. And I think in that process, people are finding catharsis with other people, with themselves in their relationships,” Shelby Lorman tells Brut.
Mocking how society celebrates men who do the bare minimum
The native New Yorker’s Instagram account of the same name – which has more than 300k followers since launching in 2017. Shelby Lorman has long been taking note of society's low standards for men on her popular Instagram account, whether they're man spreaders on the subway or Tinder dates who brag about reading feminist literature. Now she's turned those incisive illustrations and vignettes into a book that awards — and lambastes — those men.