These are comments by DZ and John Anderson on the post “Magic Mike: On the Objectification of Men“.
“The class of a 7th grade teacher I know convinced her to play the ‘Call Me Maybe’ music video during free time. She said she felt bad for the boys in the class: the girls were hooting and hollering (sorry, cliche, but it’s late) at the shirtless hot guy in the video, the boys were clustered behind them, their faces showing insecurity, anxiety.
“Interesting gender role switch, I guess, but I think objectification mostly just hurts people.”
John Anderson added:
“That ‘s one point I’ve tried to make at times. When people have talk about nudity if film and seem to believe that there is an over abundance of female nudity, I point out that men are topless more often than women even in mainstream TV and magazines. Male pecs are more often visible and when women talk about the unequal disparity of full frontal nude scenes I ask how many penises have you seen in non-porn movies and shows? How much labia have you seen? The women are nude, but they are more often nude because you can’t see anything anyway. It’s the feeling that you’re seeing something that is sold.
“Nudity doesn’t equal objectification, but neither does sex. When people cheer after seeing a vicious hit on a football player, they’re not wondering, ‘Poor guy must be in pain.'”
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