By Mathilde Madden
Here’s how it happens. I’ll be out in a pub, say, out with friends, and I might just start talking about how beautiful men’s bodies are. And some joker will pipe up with, ‘Oh, sure, but you know aesthetically – sexual preferences aside – women’s bodies are just more beautiful then men’s.’
Some people just don’t know where to look. See my lovely Tom of Finland pic here. Now that guy knew what he was doing.
'Cause men who look like men are gorgeous. Stunning. Hard bodies and muscle. Hair and sweat. Move over sweetness, androgyny, move over cute.
But, you know, really my point is made so much better with pictures than boring, boring words...
And god, you know, it annoys me that liking muscle, big shoulders, height, grunt, deep voices… that sometimes those preferences are made out to be almost comical. Like Janet singing ‘I’m a muscle fan’ in the Rocky Horror Show, or Sinatta’s ‘So Macho’. Say you like butch men and people start thinking about Fabio or the Chippendales...
They should be thinking...
I like men. The manlier the better. Is that really so strange?
Oh! So pretty. Superbutch. Real men. The most wonderful looking things on earth.
And, look, while we’re celebrating male beauty can I just say, what the fuck is up with the book covers of erotica books for women that they have naked chicks on the covers? This book cover baffles me. There, are more like this, of course - girlie covers of erotica books - but this one seems so very FHM. Could they not find a picture of someone the gender the majority of women fantasise about the majority of the time?
They coulda come to me!
I mean god forbid a women's erotica book should be sold by *gasp* objectifying men. I know some women are into women. And sure women are pretty (though not as pretty as men.) But we know this isn't what this is about. In fact, whenever I see a cover like that I feel damn certain the book isn't really aimed at women at all. And it's not as if the world is short of pretty pictures of women - for those who like looking at pretty pictures of women.
But where's my slice of the erotica book cover model cake? Because I know I'm not the only straight woman in the world.
But enough hardcore gender politics - let's get back to the smooshier point... objectifying men for a change.
Mmm, objectifying men for a change.
(Oh, I tried, but I just couldn't resist that last one of David.)
(Or this last one of David.)
And finally, if you remain unconvinced I suppose there are other kinds of male beauty. You could go and salve your soul with Olivia Knight's post on skinny boys. (Madness!)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
By Mathilde Madden