My friend Summer, she who previously proposed the virginity thread, is rapidly becoming NSWATM’s leading provider of interesting post ideas.
Lots of videos below the cut; skip if on a slow connection
I previously boycotted LMFAO for reasons of rape culture and also suck, but their latest song Sexy and I Know It is very interesting from a Myth of Men Not Being Hot perspective, because it presents ordinary men as sexually attractive. The singers in the video are pasty-white, slightly pudgy and generally possess “average” bodies; their rivals are buff, tanned and stereotypically physically attractive. Nevetheless, the singers win the contest.
Even more interesting is the style of dancing LMFAO does in this video: they thrust and generally dance in a sexualized way typically reserved for female dancers, and yet it doesn’t really come off as feminine; their bits flop around, reminiscent of the way real penises would, as opposed to being stationary bulges.
Unfortunately, LMFAO managed to ruin all this anti-kyriarchal niceness by “proving” the hotness of the singers through their acquisition of conventionally attractive girls to feel up their muscles. Sigh.
Speaking of men with choreography typically reserved for female dancers, look at these three fine young fellows, dancing around to Beyonce’s Single Ladies. It really highlights the artificial nature of feminine sexualized performance to see it on male bodies that are not typically taken as sexualized.
Also, Purple Haze has some pretty badass dancers.
Not that it’s impossible to do a male-bodied and extremely sexualized performance. Here we have Evegeni Plushenko, the Russian ice skater, skating to Sex Bomb. He has a particularly masculine swagger to the choreography of this song (not to mention those huge fake muscles), but nonetheless extremely sexual. I mean, it’s a striptease. And watch him work those hips!
It’s interesting that even in this performance, which is telegraphing “this is supposed to be masculine”, you still get bits that “read” as feminine, simply because of how non-used we are to seeing masculine male figures sexualized.
And finally, we have Mr. Too Gay for Figure Skating himself, the inexpressably sparkly Johnny Weir. I don’t have a comment, really, except ohmigodthepretteh.