What’ s with this current objectification of men? I thought this kind of behaviour was outlawed long ago. Wasn’t there a hue and cry about Page Three Girls flaunting their nipples in the tabloid Sun newspaper, only a mere few months ago?.Many deemed it unworthy , even unseemly and misogynistic that bare -breasted women should appear on the third page of this newspaper. Of course no -one asked the obvious question, which was , why would anyone bother to buy the long-standing “redtop” at all , if they were not prepared to be offended by its contents? There are many more things besides naked ,human , female mammals to be offended by …in the conscious act of buying “the Sun”. Now , instead of men objectifying women for years in pinup magazines and body-revealing swimsuit , beauty pageants, women are playing the same game .
There’s an obvious double-standard, though. Liberation for women appears as a two-edged sword. On one hand , many women clamour to expose their bodies in ever-more outlandish degrees of nakedness and display , like enticing birds of paradise. They appear as pop stars exposing ever more buffed, plucked and painted flesh.Even the evergreen Madonna’s preference is for revealing body-displaying ,outfits that do her ageing body no real favours .They demand the right to run tastefully naked through the pages of fashion magazines and glossy, perfectly photographed adverts for perfume, but many women also feel threatened and demeaned by the naked exposure of their sisters in a daily newspaper. They go out of their way to compare themselves to an airbrushed and Photoshopped ideal and then feel inferior to that demand.
There is an argument ongoing about breast-feeding babies in public places . This perfectly natural act is both enthused over and appalled ,in equal measure, by both men and women across the sexes .Some see it as the natural order of things , but others find it a distasteful act to indulge in it, in a public place. We’re still only wee mammals , though, with a need to feed babies as nature intended.it really should not come as such a shock.
Into the mix we now have women , no longer hiding their light under a bushel . They now ape the perceived lustful behaviour of their male counterparts.There are herds of these multi-hued parties of “hens” clicking and skittering their massed high- heels like jittering muntjacs across the cobbled streets of Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin , in search of greased , stripping “Dreamboys” or latterday “Chippingdales”, prepared to offer the Full Monty to the delight of their whooping, cheering , raucous demand.
The current obsession for females of every age ,is the young Irish actor starring in the rebooted television series “Poldark”.Apparently , across the land women of every age-group , from nine to ninety ,tune in to gaze in the hope that thespian Aidan Turner will take off his clothes and expose even more of his baby-oiled Irish flesh than they lusted over on the previous week’s episode . So far, the programme makers have managed to tease this lusting mass of femininity along with the gradual exposure of his bare chest, his naked back, while swimming and so on .It’s only a matter of time before they are demanding, en masse , a full- blown scene of his entire nakedness in all its natural glory. Nobody has ever mentioned his acting skills.Mr Turner is still only one scalp on an ongoing lust list .
Pandering to this international desire have been the ex-footballer David “Goldenballs ” Beckham and the model David Gandy and their eye-watering ,bulging underpants adverts. The actor Colin Firth was also the recipient of much desire as the soaked -shirt wearing, Mr Darcy of Jane Austen fame.Such was the commotion that a career was built on that transparent shirt and the body that wore it . Of more recent vintage we’ve had yet another Irishman disporting his body in the filmed version of the erotic, sado-masochistic pulp of “50 Shades of Grey”.
Again …no one ever mentions acting or modelling skills. It’s all about the body and sex.
So what is it that women and men want? Do they want to objectify the human body or not? Or is it just a case of the women now saying to themselves, if you can’t beat ‘em , you might as well join ‘em and play them at their own game?