Women Looking at David Beckham Showing Skin
Since women were so uncomfortable with the male stripper image I discussed last time I thought I’d try a more masculine image with a bit more clothing.
David Beckham is a conventionally attractive man who looks masculine and is known for his prowess in football (soccer to us Americans). And this type of photo (men’s underwear ads) occurs more often than others I’d shown my classes. Does that make a difference?
Most women (60%) called him “attractive” — and a third of is group put a little more umph into it:
- Oui!!! 🙂
- Yesssss. Amazing. Perfection. My future husband. My Lord. Wow. Just wow!
- Amazing! Very attractive. He seems open, sexy, welcoming. I want to hop in bed next to him, feel him up!
But another group of women said he was attractive but… They toned things down, like this:
- I don’t necessarily want anything more out of it, but it’s a fine image.
- He’s attractive but I’m not super turned on.
And this woman finds him attractive, but she also seems distracted:
- I wonder if/how much Photoshop has been done.
Neutral; Doesn’t really affect me
About one in five (20%) said they felt neutral about the image. One just stating, “eh.”
It makes me uncomfortable
Some of the women seemed to be struggling with their discomfort, saying things like, “It doesn’t affect me” but “it also feels awkward” or “it’s too much shown.”
The women were nearly as likely to say this image made them uncomfortable (57%) as to say it was attractive.
One woman found his eye contact intimidating.
Mostly they were uncomfortable because they were “not used to” this sort of thing. One said, “If he had boxer briefs it would be different.” Maybe his briefs didn’t seem masculine enough.
The feeling that it was “too much” was common. Some felt there was too much emphasis on the penis. “I feel uncomfortable, his package is right in your face, it’s awkward.”
Another woman was aware that she was more drawn to his face and chest than his penis adding, “Looking at his penis makes me feel oddly uncomfortable.”
Another woman said, “It feels like I shouldn’t be looking at him. I don’t like it.”
Others talked of feeling “amused” or said, “It’s kind of funny to see a man being sexualized/trying so hard to be sexy.”
In conclusion, the women I surveyed were more comfortable with this image than with the nude or nearly-nude pictures of Sly Stallone or stripper Magic Mike. But women are typically less comfortable with male nudity than men are with female nudity.