• CrossFit athlete Khan Porter (Instagram)Source: Instagram
Khan Porter caught the attention of social media users with a video of him dancing to Beyoncé while weightlifting. Now he's out to redefine what's considered "masculine".
By
Drew Sheldrick

15 Jan 2016 - 2:35 PM  UPDATED 15 Jan 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Australian CrossFit athlete whose workout video set to Beyoncé's 'Single Ladies' has had hundreds of thousands of views on social media is using the spotlight to challenge outdated ideas about masculinity.

In a Facebook status posted after Khan Porter garnered significant media attention for the video, he wrote that he was inspired to post it after seeing US actor Channing Tatum's lip sync battle, in which he dressed in drag and danced to a Beyoncé song. He said making his own video was fun but that he wanted the massive response to lead to a larger conversation about what's considered "masculine".

"l think the way the public reacted reflects a pretty cool shift in preconceived notions of masculinity and think that's grounds for starting some more positive conversations about what it means to be 'a man'," he said.

"A well-known male celebrity goes on national television, dresses in drag and dances to a girl's song and the world embraces it with open arms. I post a video dancing and it too gets plenty of positive attention, showing a shift in the way society views masculinity or what is acceptable for a man to do or say.

"But how far does that acceptance go? If myself or Channing Tatum were openly gay and did the same thing would people still applaud it?"

Porter said he thinks there is still a lot of stigma around the way men act and that it has a big effect on mental health.

"As someone who has personal experience with mental health issues, I know how difficult it can be for a man to seek help for something that is often brushed off as 'just being a pussy'," he said.

"If society can have a good laugh and accept a man dressing up and/or dancing like a woman these days, how hard is it to have a chat to your mates about something like mental illness?

"If a bunch of people can watch a 25-second video, surely they can also spare the time to ask one of their mates if everything is ok."

You can read Porter's full post below: