Men Looking at Partially-Clothed Men
How do men feel about male nudity in media?
They felt pretty uncomfortable.
But what if they wear more clothing — masculine jeans and no shirt?
A hot man with more clothing
I surveyed 40 straight men on this still shot from Magic Mike, which I called “Channing Tatum shirtless,” depicting well-built men in jeans, sans shirts.
With less skin revealed, the image is probably more “masculine” and more commonly seen than the nearly nude men I has surveyed the men on earlier.
Not surprisingly, men felt more comfortable with this than with nudity. But one in five still didn’t like it, felt uncomfortable, or said it was objectifying.
After what they had just been through (naked stripper and naked Sly Stallone) only 12% made the effort to say something like:
- I’m not attracted. I am straight.
- I’m not into dudes
- I don’t look at male figures in any other way then as a “bro”
But one man said “it looks gay” and another called it homoerotic.
He’s muscular, looks good, wish I looked like him
Most men– 60% – said he looked “good,” muscular, were envious of his build, or felt like they needed to work out more.
Breaking it down, 43% had positive commentary: he looks good, muscular, I want to look like him.
But 17% said the photo made them feel bad about their own bodies.
Only 14% said the image made them feel “nothing… neutral… indifferent.”
Man in motion: Diet Coke’s Sexy Gardener
Some of my blog readers wondered if a “man in motion” makes a difference over a still shot. So I showed students Diet Coke’s sexy Gardener.
I added this question late so I have fewer responses on this one — a pretty small sample at 24. But here’s what they thought, for what it’s worth.
Seventeen percent disliked it or found it objectifying (equally divided on which).
Only two made a point of saying that they were “not attracted.”
More than one-third had something positive to say: They liked it, thought it was funny, thought he had a great body.
And it only made one of them feel like he needed to work out more.
The rest — one third — said they felt nothing, neutral, indifferent, or remarked that it felt normal.
Generally, they liked it more and were less offended. Why?
Maybe because he was walking around and seemed less like an object?
Or maybe they felt more comfortable because he is clearly the “object of desire” for women — so they were less likely to see it as a come-on to them?
Posted on February 18, 2019, in body image, men, objectification, psychology, sex and sexuality and tagged Channing Tatum, How men feel about sexy images of men, Magic Mike, Sylvester Stallone. Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.