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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

things you need to know: sexualized men’s bodies must be homoerotic, for who else would be looking but other men?

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Gotta love how Details gets it! In “America’s New Male Body Obsession,” we learn the truth:

It’s official: The male gaze has turned upon itself, and American men are focused on their physiques as never before.

That’s right! If men are suddenly obsessed with how they look, it’s not because women might be looking at them in a sexual way — everyone knows women simply don’t do that! It’s because men are looking at themselves. Who else would be looking at anything anyway? Only the male gaze exists. There is no other sort of gazing to be done. None.

Look around. Everywhere you turn, the male form is being idealized, commodified, fetishized. On TV screens (the ripped vampires of True Blood), in Hollywood (Ryan Gosling’s toned torso lifting Crazy, Stupid, Love to the top of the box office), and on billboards (towering images of chiseled men in briefs), laptops, and smartphones (the appendages of Weiner and Favre). Now look in the mirror. (And we know you do.) We’ve all become body-conscious to the core (not to mention conscious of our core). Working out more, eating better, dressing in slimmer clothes, getting the hedges trimmed (and maybe even a nip or a tuck). Because, in the end, we all want to look as good as David Beckham does in briefs. Have we entered a grand age of self-improvement? Or is it narcissism? Or homoeroticism? It’s all those things, and more…

Bingo! Homoeroticism. If the male body is sexually appealing, it must be sexually appealing to other men. No one else finds men sexually appealing. I mean, look around: Who else would?



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