Men React to “Nude” Sly Stallone
I recently asked my students to write down their thoughts when looking at nude-ish pictures of Cindy Crawford and Sly Stallone.
Had attitudes changed since sociologist, Beth Eck, studied reactions a decade ago?
We’ve spent a lot of time with thoughts on Cindy. Now let’s turn to Sly.
Sly doesn’t affect male self-image — much
Nearly nude supermodel, Cindy Crawford, made women feel pretty inadequate: around 40% said she made them feel insecure
But only a couple guys looked at Stallone and said they might need to gain more muscle. None said his picture made them feel insecure.
Yes, he has a great build, but several thought he looked unrealistic, photoshopped, or suggested he used steroids.
And while most of the women said Cindy had a great body, only one-third of the men were as complementary towards Sly. Did homophobia blind them to his great physique?
Men admire nude Stallone — but they’re not gay!
When Dr. Eck asked men their opinion of Mr. Stallone in 2003, the guys often reasserted their heterosexuality.
Twelve years later none of the men responding to Stallone felt a need to make that claim. Maybe that’s because homophobia has decreased so much in the last decade?
But one young man worded it this way: “Women would find him attractive.” As if he were making it clear that he didn’t.
Dr. Eck pointed out that when women see a sexy woman they don’t see it as a come-on. They know that sexy images are (almost always) meant for guys, not them.
When women looked at Cindy Crawford it never occurred to them to tell Dr. Eck, “I’m not a lesbian.” And none of my women students felt the need to say, “Men would find her sexy,” as if they must make it clear that they, personally, didn’t.
Comfort levels with male nudity will be looked at in an upcoming post.
Posted on February 1, 2016, in feminism, men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, women and tagged body image, feminism, men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, sexism, Sly Stallone, women. Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.