Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hey, the pouty face is only for ladies!

Every once and a while, I like to zip on over to Contexts, a sociology site, to see what is going on. One of my favorite pages is the blog where they look at images, like ads, and analyze them to see what they are saying about race, age, gender, and other stuff.

Well, today I found a pretty interesting post about Sacha Baron Cohen's GQ cover and what his pose says about the type of modeling women do for magazines. The argument is that the near pornographic images of women are considered "sexy" while a man doing the same thing looks ridiculous. They replicated some images of women posing with men, and it is pretty easy to see how the pictures do not accomplish the same thing.

As if that wasn't interesting enough, the comments people made were pretty eye-opening. The majority of people thought that the only reason the photos of men were not sexy was because they weren't attractive men or because the men didn't do a good job modeling. Or, maybe it is because we are used to thinking and seeing women as sex objects!
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