Sexism?

With regard to the Vanity Fair cover....


Personally I find the cover tastefully done and sexy, but I also understand where the "sexism" talks come from, especially since Ford (the man) is clothed in the cover. However, I don't really buy that women don't like to see naked men/celebrities. The "gross, put your shirt on" comment made me laugh -- I mean, c'mon, I seriously doubt a female editor would say that to a shirtless Brad Pitt or George Clooney or Orlando Bloom.

Perhaps men and women do view nudity differently, but I do not for a second believe that women don't sexually objectify men; and there's nothing wrong with that (unless that's ALL we care about). That's just a bunch of crap, somehow aiming at making men look more "piggish." So, in a way, I see that article as portraying reversed sexism...

I think men just don't like to be seen naked on a cover of a magazine -- or use sex as a gimmick. It's not to say these women feel they need to either, but for men, I think it's even less appealing -- they want to be taken seriously without being treated as a piece of meat. Then there's that Burt Reynolds thing -- and no men would want to be the butt of a joke like he was. George Clooney can sell tickets without taking his shirt off (or he did take his shirt off, but after gaining 30lbs for Sariana). But if you really look, there are plenty of sexy pictures of hot stars of both sexes, but it does seem that the only time you see a half-naked man on a cover is on Men's Health.

Do we have a double standard, here? The whole "uproar" surrounding the cover is simpy that: it's a magazine cover (or is it because it suggested a threesome?). Stars have disrobed in films througout the decades, from Susan Sarandon to Matthew McCaunaughey. But magazine covers? Why all the brouhaha?

Comments

paintbrushpoet said…
IMO That cover is total sexism. For it not to be-he has to be naked too. I would not buy it because the cover would piss me off. You're right about one thing; I don't get a charge seeing naked men (well unless I am involved with them, you know) I'm for the mystery. Put a good looking guy in some tiny sexy thing and I'm staring!! I swoon at kilts...but that's another story.
Ray Wong said…
HA! You do objectify men. I knew it!
Unique said…
Why do they have to be naked at all? Sales are down? Who buys Vanity Fair anyway? Men or Women?

Bleh. Playboy/Playgirl, sure - you expect naked pictures, but on general readership mags? WTF for?
Ray Wong said…
Well, that's Vanity Fair. They always use nudity or half-nekkidness in their covers... because sex sells, darnit.

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