Men’s Thoughts On Male Nudity: Some Squirming
I recently asked students for their thoughts when looking at a nude-ish picture of Sly Stallone.
Have attitudes changed since sociologist, Beth Eck, found that guys were pretty uncomfortable looking at male nudes 12 years ago?
One-third of the guys were complementary, acknowledging that Sylvester Stallone has a great body. Which is more positive than the responses Eck had heard.
But overall, they were much more uncomfortable with male nudity than women were when they looked at female nudity. Here are some of the guy’s words:
It makes me cringe
I don’t like this picture (many guys said that)
It’s too much skin
It’s just too much
It’s okay when (Cindy’s) looking at me. I feel weird when he does.
He looks gay
I don’t like looking for too long
It makes me uncomfortable
I don’t know for sure why men are so much more uncomfortable looking at male nudity than women are when looking at female nudity. But I suspect it involves one or more of these possibilities:
- The image provokes feelings of homosexuality. They’re uncomfortable with a man who is (apparently) coming onto them
- His objectification diminishes men
- Guys are so used to sexualized images being meant for their gaze that the whole thing is just disconcerting
- Men, Women React to Male/Female Nudity
- Men React to “Nude” Sly Stallone
- Women React to Sexy Cindy Crawford
Posted on May 16, 2016, in men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality and tagged male nudity, men, objectification, psychology, sex, sexuality, Sylvester Stallone. Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.