In 2005, this picture of George W. Bush holding hands with a Saudi Prince caused a burst of laughter from the United States.
Look at the photo again. The truth is that there's no crime in straight men holding hands. In some countries and cultures straight men hold hands as a sign of respect. Yet, in the United States, and many other countries, it still is met with criticism and laughter
British photographer, Vincent Dolman, was in India when he noticed men, of all ages, casually holding hands quite frequently in the background of some of his photographs, he went back and created a series of photos. These photos breakdown the stigma surrounding straight men holding hands by showcasing the joy that comes with such a simple act. Dolman was able to capture intimacy between men, that is rarely, if at all, captured in the media. The cultural norm in India, of holding hands, seems almost liberating in our "be a man!" culture. Showing your friends that they are loved, couldn't be more important than it is today and holding hands is an effortless way to do so.