New York magazine asks, “Are we living in the Golden Age of Male Objectification?”
For decades, while film and television have gotten progressively racier, the objects of the camera’s increasingly lurid gaze had largely been women. The reasons for this are so unofficially official they’re like unwritten laws, habits that have been codified into “common sense” even if they don’t make much sense: Hollywood’s a boys’ club and male audiences want sex and violence, while women want hearts and flowers. So women are lusted after by the cameras, while audiences looking for a little bit of dude to ogle had to be content with tame rom-coms, subtext, and the dreaded Comedy Penis (see: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Observe and Report, Bruno etc.).
But no more! The Summer of 2011 officially became the summer that the male gaze was reflected back at itself — and with enthusiasm!