13 thoughts on “You tell it, Tyler.

  1. I feel bad for being so defensive towards articles like this.
    Part of me just wants to say “Well the difference is that men are responsible for all these images!! If they don’t like it they should just stop!”.

    But I know all men aren’t responsible for all images, and I know it’s damaging to lots of people who can’t directly control it, but I just feel frustrated. I wish discussions and articles about male suffering like this would more closely link the solution to feminism, which has the potential to emancipate us all.

    I think it’s also worth noting how such images also serve men’s interests, especially the men that are only members of dominant groups, not discriminated ones.

  2. I don’t expect men’s issues to receive the attention they deserve anytime soon, for reasons very similar to this. (There’s also the fact that most “male issue activists” are not male activists but anti-female activists)

    (Perhaps tragically) feminism will never be seen as a solution to this issues by the male public because the name alone alienates them from the movement.

    Unlike the female rights movement, which has a demonstratably effective methodology and a wealth of academic knowledge and research behind it, there is no educated and effective body of men working for (male) gender equity, and I don’t see how our social environment will allow for one anytime soon.

  3. Come over. We only have a mere three wall-sized posters of half-naked men here, much less than popular male destinations such as The Eaton Centre or a movie theatre.

  4. i can see how this applies to high fashion ads and the like, but i’m not sure i see where the researchers are saying this is endemic to prime-time television or general tv/newspaper ads and the like. to paraphrase bill maher: every family sit-com features a hot mom and “the fat fuck who was lucky enough to end up with her.” plus, most tv commercials seem to feature the scrawny/geeky/average types of guys more often than scrawny/geeky/average types of gals.

    i sympathize that this is an increasing problem, however. i still do see examples of “male ideal” everywhere and i’m definitely not one to say “well it’s about time men felt the same insecurities” like i hear too often.

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