As women, we have a daily battle to be treated with respect.
If we* wear short skirts or low cut tops, we endure wolf whistles and inappropriate comments. If we change the way we dress, our motives are questioned. The way we dress or don’t dress is often linked to our sexuality, regardless of whether we want it to be that way or not.
Then we have the media and magazines who seemingly objectify women, using as woman’s body as a mean’s to sell a product, often times it’s completely irrelevant to the product being advertised. Some people take serious issue with the fact that there are “lads mags” that feature scantily clad women as a form of entertainment for men.
So keeping in mind that women are subjected to this kind of bullshit regularly, is it then ok to turn the tables?
It’s recently been brought to the attention of KiKi & Tea of the phenomenon of Groin Gazing. Groin Gazing is apparently a new trend in men’s fashion, whereby photos of men are taken while fully clothed, while they are also sporting an erection.
Yep. I didn’t make that up. Website Vice has used this as a way of advertising various articles of clothing for men.
Judging by the comments on the article, and the Facebook page of a well known website, most women appear to be ok with this. Comments like “Good to know what I get before I unwrap my present” and “Hmmmmm no complaints here” litter the page.
Personally I don’t have a problem with either. I don’t have a problem with mens mags, and I don’t have a problem with “Groin Gazing” (although not all of the pics look to be real, and look more like a well placed sock). Why? Because I love the human body, in any form. I find it fascinating, plus the fact that it’s all a bit of a turn on for me. Ridiculous advertising that makes zero sense is a completely different ball game, and I’m not even going to go there.
The issue I take here, is that for most of the women who don’t have a problem with “Groin Gazing”, they have a massive problem with women being treated as objects. Explain to me how this is any different?
What do you think? Is it OK to objectify men if we say it’s not OK to objectify women?
*By “we” I definitely don’t mean me.