Monday, November 22, 2010
Are Men Too Sexy for Themselves?
It is certainly not the case for women. Every time a woman exerts more hip thrusts, self touches, and showing off more skin; the thought she is over sexualized crosses our minds even if it is not something we agree with. What about men and their sexual expressions or marketing of lust, desire, and intimacy? Can their expressions be so over the top the public perceives it as over sexed? In this class we have extensively discussed images of women being exploited or empowered with their bodies, but not so much men. In looking at Right Said Fred’s music video “I’m Too Sexy”, men’s advertising of sex and sexual expression seems to be defined my muscle, skin, hair, and eyes. They may be poking fun at the women models in the video but through that they are exuding their own ideas about male sexiness. No shirts, leather, and abs. It’s as if they are trying to maculate sexuality if there is such a thing. The video still has women dressed in a little bits of clothes awing over their performance. No hip thrust or touching themselves but they are still sexy.
Even in marketing we get these different ideas what is too much sex for men. Check out a few images above. Are these men considered oversexed based on your initial judgment? When I looked at them I did not once think that they are exploiting their bodies and dignity for fame and fortune, I thought they are just being men showing off their bodies because they are empowered by their looks. I didn’t think about at first because I have been socialized to not think of men as excessive in sex, they are sexy but so sexy it degrades them.
However looking closer at the images the fellow licking the chocolate in comparison to the other images is a softer, almost less masculine image because it lacks the physical attributes that the dominant male gender identifies with. One might suggest femininity in the image with the chocolate, which makes it stand out a more sexualized image. It is not a negative thing but intriguing how men and women are given degrees of sexuality based on their sex and gender role identity not the poses or actions. If women were doing these same poses with the same amounts of clothing they would be too sexy and suggestive. It is also interesting how a dominant male can set boundaries on the women and femme gender for being too sexy and needing to be more conservative, but not for himself. So ideally, a masculine male can not be over sexed in images or media. I disagree, if a woman faces the same set of boundaries men should too. Not to say that all men and all women are cookie cutter and fit this web of sex and imagery. So to answer my initial question, can be too sexy for themselves; yes they can. What do you think?