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Depression can manifest in unexpected ways, sometimes alleviated through physical exertion. Gay bodybuilding, as explored by psychologist Alan Downs in “The Velvet Rage,” may serve as a defense against societal marginalization. Reports from both the U.S. and Europe indicate a global rise in anabolic steroid usage among men, along with increased rates of body dysmorphic disorder. Often referred to of ‘Gay Gym Culture.’ However, this is not a new social phenomenon. While talking to Alexander Cheves for Out Magazine, historian Sacha Coward notes that ancient Greeks had certain beauty and physical appearance criteria that influenced same-sex partnerships at that time. He says that despite the body-positive movement, social media sets unrealistic ideals, leading to self-doubt.