Portrayal of men in the media
We are constantly being told by feminism that women are objectified in the media. TV, movies, magazines, advertising, video games - they are all accused of this. Women are ‘oversexualised’. It is seen as the height of sexism because men are apparently not treated in the same way. Women are valued as mere objects. That’s what I keep hearing.
But lets think about it for a second.
It is ridiculous to say that men are never treated as objects. We see article after article containing lists of the worlds ‘sexiest men’. Read through this article in particular and you will find men whose merit is defined purely by their rippling muscles. Arrow, for example, would apparently succeed in popularity with ‘horny women and homosexual men’ if only Stephen Amell was made to keep his shirt of throughout the entire show. If you want to kill an hour, you can browse through the many shirtless photos of Trevor Donovan on Google images. And Teen Wolf supposedly knows its audience so well that they have only cast ‘really hot men’ for this season.
But men are never reduced to being mere objects. Right?
Watch this video.
Now tell me that men are never sexualised on TV.
Look at the following images…
Now tell me that men are never used purely because of their physical form.
A common complaint for video games is that females have either unrealistic armour, or clothing that accentuates body parts too much, or just unrealistic body parts.
This is never the case for male characters.
I think it is quite clear from all of the above (and the many many more examples I could have listed) that men are objectified just as much as women.
I will make this clear right now - I am in no way saying that women are never sexualised or objectified. Of course they are. But the same can be said for men. They may be objectified in a slightly different manner from women, but it is objectification nonetheless..
I am sure people will tell me that some of the men shown above (we particularly hear this for the video game category) are simply male power fantasies. But let me ask you this - why is it that the we find the exact same body types on the covers of countless romance novels, mainly geared towards the heterosexual female market?
It is clear to me that men are seen as objects just as much as women. Men as objects have a slightly different purpose to females as objects - they are required to be strong and muscular, they are tools to be used. But they are also sexual objects in exactly the same way that women are. And to deny that is clearly ridiculous.
I will repeat - I am not saying that women aren’t portrayed in a sexual manner, just as men are. But you know what - people are sexual. There is nothing wrong with that.
I just wish people would quit with the bullshit that women are somehow victims of one-sided sexism in this area. It just doesn’t wash.
I do not care if you are my mortal enemy, if you ask me to do a period check on your behind to make sure your pants are still good i got your back dude
#and such are the rules of girlhood#thou shalt check thine sisters’ behinds for period stains#thou shalt walk behind thine sister to hide said stain until she can find something to cover it with#thou shalt never deny a tampon to a sister in need#and thou shalt offer ibuprofen whenever possible