You can leave your hat…and everything else on

I don’t purchase magazines like Cosmpolitan, Vogue and Vanity Fair. My younger sister used to when she was in high school and I thumbed through them on occasion. I found them to be quite unappealing, with little of actual value contained within the pages. 80% of them seemed to be ads with stick-thin women in crazy poses, wearing crazy clothing and decorated with crazy make-up that no one in her right mind would try to emulate.

Vanity Fair just gave me another reason not to purchase these kinds of magazines. Yesterday when I was goofing off working hard and diligently, I stumbled across this article, Get Nekkid, But Only If You’re a Woman [article since removed]:

Yeah. Uhm. WHAT? I don’t know what else to say about this article or some of the assertions in it. I do know that every day I pass a photo and art gallery that has a very lovely photo of a bare-chested (and more) man posed in black and white…and I look at it very appreciatively as I pass by slowly.

My favorite line from the above-referenced article, btw…

So buzz-worthy was the VF cover, Min says, that her magazine went out and asked people what they thought of it.

The answer? Most thought the actresses looked better with clothes on.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Kesler says

    I think maybe this is the most telling section of the article, in my mind:

    “Men just aren’t viewed as sex objects in the same way that women are,” Min says. “Women don’t think about men being naked in the same way that men think about women.” In fact, she says, at her magazine’s offices, when photos come in of a male star with no shirt on, “We say, ‘Gross! Put some clothes on!'” (Imagine that being uttered about an attractive female.)

    For one expert on the magazine industry, it’s a little more complicated. “There’s an inherent fear in this country of pictures of naked men,” says Samir Husni, a journalism professor at the University of Mississippi. “We’ve been trained to look at pictures of naked women, but we haven’t been trained yet to look at pictures of naked men.”

    It’s men who don’t want to see male actors and models naked, probably because they fear feeling inferior – a choice that’s been taken away from women, who can’t leave the house without getting smacked in the face with inflatable breasts and airbrushed thighs on every billboard, store window, etc.

  2. Revena says

    Veering slightly off-topic, here… Maybe the staffers find pictures of male stars with no shirts on “gross” in part because there’s less pressure on male stars to conform to certain body types, and fewer male stars fit into our society’s narrow definition of an attractive weight category? Just a thought.

  3. Jennifer Kesler says

    I was trying to think of a way to say that. Just speaking for myself, I enjoy seeing a good-looking male naked or semi-naked body. Most women I know do. But it has to be MY idea of good-looking.

    There isn’t just one standard for male beauty, the way there is for female. Men can be hairy-chested or smooth, and a lot of women have strong preferences about that – so much that the opposite type might look repulsive to them. Some women love muscles, others find them gross. So while we may seem more “picky”, it’s really just that we haven’t been conditioned to limit our expressed enthusiasm to just one body type.

  4. sbg says

    There isn’t just one standard for male beauty, the way there is for female. Men can be hairy-chested or smooth, and a lot of women have strong preferences about that – so much that the opposite type might look repulsive to them. Some women love muscles, others find them gross. So while we may seem more “picky”, it’s really just that we haven’t been conditioned to limit our expressed enthusiasm to just one body type.

    I wish there were an easy fix to this. Because there really shouldn’t be one standard of beauty for women, imo.

  5. Jennifer Kesler says

    I don’t think there is, in reality. I’ve known guys who don’t like skinny girls, or actually prefer ample behinds. It’s just not something you hear about much, because it doesn’t suit what Hollywood is selling.

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