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Old 02-22-2006, 06:18 PM   #1
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There’s An Inherent Fear In This Country Of Pictures Of Naked Men

Is that really why there were no naked men in this issue of Vanity Fair but plenty of naked women? Some of the photos are beautiful but I prefer to see them in clothes-for example, I prefer Angelina's St John's ad in the same VF to her butt crack photo Some of the photos I just didn't care for at all.

I love the photo of Joaquin Phoenix, MUCH sexier than if he was naked. So is that it, are they catering to the fact that most women might feel that way, or is there just a double standard? These same men and women don't get naked in movies on the same level either. Men in Hollywood don't have to be sexy but women do?

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"NEW YORK - Pick up this month’s Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair and you’ll see two lovely young stars-of-the-moment, Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, posing alluringly in the altogether. Open the foldout, and you’ll even see Johansson’s bare buttocks.

What you won’t see is a third, equally lovely young actress, Rachel McAdams of “Wedding Crashers” fame. It seems McAdams arrived at the photo shoot and decided she didn’t want to take her clothes off.

Is it arty and fun, or does it say something about sexual politics in Hollywood? In 2006, four decades after the launch of the feminist movement, does a serious actress still need to take her clothes off to get attention?

And where, oh where, are the naked men?

The reason female stars disrobe is simple, says Janice Min, editor of the much-read celebrity magazine US Weekly. “It’s tried and true. You show some cleavage on an actress. You make her look sexy. You make her look hot.” She NEEDS to be hot — because in Hollywood, “you have to be sexy to be a successful actress. You just have to be.”


So where’s the nude photo of Brad Pitt? Or George Clooney, who appears later in the issue, dressed, amid a bevy of women in flesh-toned bras and panties? Let’s face it, Min says: Women do like to see sexy men — just not with all their clothes off.

“Men just aren’t viewed as sex objects in the same way that women are,” Min says. “Women don’t think about men being naked in the same way that men think about women.” In fact, she says, at her magazine’s offices, when photos come in of a male star with no shirt on, “We say, ‘Gross! Put some clothes on!”’ (Imagine that being uttered about an attractive female)

For one expert on the magazine industry, it’s a little more complicated. “There’s an inherent fear in this country of pictures of naked men,” says Samir Husni, a journalism professor at the University of Mississippi. “We’ve been trained to look at pictures of naked women, but we haven’t been trained yet to look at pictures of naked men.”

Some of that buzz has been negative. “The whole cover just seems faux-racy to me,” says Siobhan Burns, a New Yorker in her mid-30’s who reads the magazine in her office. “And why, in 2006, do women still have to take their clothes off and look pouty, rather than being heralded for their accomplishments?”

Writing in Salon.com, Rebecca Traister called the cover an “over-the-top orgy of self-love, misogyny and idiocy” by Ford. Of McAdams, who also starred in “Red Eye” and “The Family Stone” in 2005, she wrote: “There you have it, ladies, straight from Vanity Fair. We don’t care if you star in three successful movies in one year; if you won’t get naked for a ‘threesome,’ you can forget your spot in our pages!”
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Perhaps the qualities that make a man desirable (to women) are more readily perceived when they're slickly dressed rather than naked?

I don't fully buy this women-don't-want-to-see-men-naked thing though--my sense is that there is a generational divide among women on this.
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I don't fully buy this women-don't-want-to-see-men-naked thing though--my sense is that there is a generational divide among women on this.
I doubt this is driven by women not wanting to see men naked.

Take a look at magazines marketed to specific genders. Women's magazines will have pictures of partially clad women. Men's magazines will have pictures of partially clad women. There just isn't a huge market for pictures of partially clad men.
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I have pictures of both partially clad men and fully clad men taped to my refrigerator. Neither involve my sweetheart, much to his annoyance.
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i too afraid to read this thread

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I prefer pix of men with clothes on. I guess I'm in the majority.
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Tradition dictates that women and men have different methods of "titillation." That is, when women read raunchy romance novels, it is absolutely no different than when men look at pornographic magazines.

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Re: There’s An Inherent Fear In This Country Of Pictures Of Naked Men

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For one expert on the magazine industry, it’s a little more complicated. “There’s an inherent fear in this country of pictures of naked men,” says Samir Husni, a journalism professor at the University of Mississippi. “We’ve been trained to look at pictures of naked women, but we haven’t been trained yet to look at pictures of naked men.”



well maybe it is time for these magazines to change this. I for one would welcome it!
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well maybe it is time for these magazines to change this. I for one would welcome it!


hear, hear, sister!

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I prefer men with their clothes on as well.........as deep so perfectly demonstrated.....
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hear, hear, sister!



and it doesn't have to be tacky. Do it the same way these fashion and entertainment mags (not Playboyesqe) have been doing it. Calvin Klein and his ads were on the right track a few years ago.
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I am all for this:
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