If you’re a girl who objectifies good-looking men, then you’ll be interested to visit TubeCrush.net, which features photos of hot-looking guys taken surreptitiously as they ride the London Underground. And if you’re a guy (and my hand is raised) and you think it’s hilarious to read photo captions salivating over a guy who “reminds us of one of those Action man/Ken dolls you see in the shop. He looks very fit and clean in his box, but you just want to get him out, play with him and make him dirty,” then you’ll be interested in the site, too.
Oh, and if you think objectifying men is just as bad as objectifying women, then you’ll probably be up in arms.
Let’s be honest, men will never, ever, in a million years have it as bad as women when it comes to sexual objectification. The overwhelming majority of men, I imagine, would be honored (if slightly startled) that a woman had seen fit to take his picture on public transportation and send it into a website for publication. It’s just so outside the usual male experience.
Does this represent a double standard? Sure. But is it mostly harmless? Absolutely.
Salon.com’s Tracy Clark-Flory tackled some of the women’s issues with TubeCrush.net:
I bristle at the suggestion that women who sexually objectify men are necessarily “copying” mainstream male sexuality (maybe they’re, I dunno, expressing how they really feel). In fact, I’m often tempted to celebrate mildly piggish female behavior—to a point—just because it at least contradicts the stereotype that female sexuality is adequately represented by, say, Twilight fan-fiction. (And isn’t fan-fiction just another mode of objectification, anyway?) I also happen to think that sexual objectification isn’t always a bad thing; it’s all about context and consent…It’s also interesting to think about the difference between candid shots taken for a street-style fashion blog versus a sexy-person-on-the-train blog: Why does the former seem so much more innocuous and reasonably objectifying?
As someone who falls drastically short of George Clooney in the looks department, I don’t have to concern myself with the possibility of turning up on a website like TubeCrush.net. Too bad. Otherwise I might get treated to the following kind of caption, which describes the guy in the photo at the top of the story:
Date: 9th May 2011
Line: Piccadilly Line
Submitted By: Binky (we hope this is your real name)
Well Binky managed to make it out of Chelsea and on to the tube to find this prime cut of footballing beef. We would say he is the Chateaubriand of Tube Crushes, and would suggest that he is probably best served medium rare, with just a little pink on the inside.
The Chateaubriand of Tube Crushes. Come on, that’s awesome.
Women, it appears, aren’t the only ones who enjoy this site. As someone named “Tom” commented on one photo: “The “A” train in New York NEVER has anybody this sexy!!!”
Well, Tom, maybe somebody should start a website called NYCtraincrush.net. After all, guys in New York deserve to be objectified, too.
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