Trigger warning for discussion of eating disorders.
While I will back up the assertions that my fellow contributors have made on this blog — that men can be every bit as visually appealing as women — I worry that we’re starting to objectify a certain ideal hotness with regards to men which is something that I think should be avoided. I mean, let’s face it, we’ve only just come round to the idea that a woman who doesn’t conform to the traditional standard of Western beauty can be desirable; men that don’t, on the other hand, are the subject of demeaning billboard ads.
Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are becoming ever more noticeable in men, as they are in women. A study done recently by the NHS shows that there has been a 66% increase in men being admitted to hospitals for these very afflictions in the UK. A worrying factor in the refusal of men to seek treatment, what else? Being thought of as less manly.
The feminist movement has done wonders bringing to light the often harrowing stories of teenage girls and grown women suffering with these disorders. We should heed the warning’s of feminism. It’s been there and fought through all this body image crap before when it comes to which body types are portrayed in the media as desirable and attainable.