Women & Male Nudity: Mixed Reactions
Women were pretty uncomfortable looking at nude males 12 years ago when sociologist, Beth Eck, sought out their reactions. Have attitudes changed since then?
I recently showed my women students a nude-ish picture of Sly Stallone (the same one Dr. Eck had used) and asked for their thoughts.
There’s still discomfort. But nowadays the reaction is more mixed.
Do women lust after nude guys?
Do women look upon the well-built Sly Stallone with lust?
Most of the women Dr. Eck spoke to did not seem very lustful. And when they were, guilt or shame arose, too. (Did the women feel “wrong” taking a masculine role, she wondered?)
Many of my women students reflected those same feelings from over a decade ago. But a large portion also seemed pretty comfortable with his nudity:
He’s attractive and sexy… but
The largest reaction to Sly Stallone? He’s attractive and sexy.
- Two-thirds called him attractive
- 40% said he was sexy
Still, one-third said “He’s sexy, but”:
- He’s not my type
- I’m not attracted to him
- I don’t want to have sex with him
But 1/7 (14%) said something to the effect that:
- I’d like to have sex with him
- He’s hot!
- He looks willing and sexy
- He’s my type
He’s not attractive … it’s weird
Still, one-third of the women said he wasn’t attractive. One said he was “trying to be sexy” — and apparently not succeeding.
Another 1/3 didn’t like the image, felt uncomfortable, or thought it was weird.
A quarter said something like, “I’m not used to this.”
A few felt discomfort because he looked strong yet his nudity made him seem feminine, or vulnerable or fragile. The mix of masculinity and strong muscles with feminine nudity and vulnerability seemed disconcerting.
A few said that he looked uncomfortable. Were they projecting their own discomfort onto him?
While many women were uncomfortable, no one specifically voiced guilt or shame at looking at him.
A smattering looked at the image and just said that he looked strong — their only reaction.
Words the women used were incredibly mixed:
Exposed, vulnerable, a bit feminine
I’m not used to this
I don’t like it. This makes me feel awkward
Kind of gross. I don’t wanna look at that
Too much muscle is disgusting
Impressive body, but not my type
He’s very handsome!
Weird and uncomfortable, it feels unnatural
Sexy, gorgeous, hot
Hot, but not my type
I’m freaked out that he’s naked
I like. He’s my type.
Not at all attractive
Finally a naked man on a cover
I can’t focus on anything but him
Women’s feelings were decidedly mixed.
Most did see him as attractive and sexy. But they didn’t necessarily want to have sex with him.
And plenty of discomfort was attached to a strong, masculine, hot body — that also felt feminized, fragile and vulnerable due to the nudity. Something that they simply were not used to seeing.
Posted on May 23, 2016, in men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality, women and tagged male nudity, men, objectification, psychology, sex, sexuality, Sylvester Stallone, women. Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.