Essay on Susan Bordo's Beauty(Re)Discovers the Male Body

1469 Words Oct 4th, 2013 6 Pages
Kim Thon
English 110
10th September 2013

I’m sexy and I know it: Why shouldn’t I?

I feel like there has been a change since Susan Bordo’s “Beauty (re)discovers the male body” when it comes to acceptance for men to care about their appearance. Bordo is claiming that for a long time it has been okay for men to view revealing pictures of women, but that it’s new for women to view revealing pictures of men. She talks about men showing themselves naked in pictures as a taboo. Men aren’t simply comfortable watching other men without clothes. I believe it is more accepted now, than it was when Bordo wrote the essay. I believe this is because of the homosexual-community, and that it’s more accepted in today’s society, but it may also be
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You’re not homosexual just because you dress nice. This development has helped men become more equal to women in the fashion-way. It’s still not 100% equal, but the society is on the right path.
David Altschiller claims: “But if a man is self-confident – if he knows he is attractive and is beautifully dressed – then he’s not a man anymore” So basically what he’s saying is a man cannot be beautifully dressed and know he looks good, because then he’s not a man anymore. Real men wear whatever they find on the floor, and cannot put an effort into what they wear if they want to remain masculine. With the old fashion thinking like this, you could send the women straight back to the kitchen, because only men work, and women belong at home with the house and the kids. People need to wake up and get out of the past. Luckily more and more men have started to care about what they wear, and this gets us in the right direction; there should be no difference between men and women!
Before I get into the ads I want to define “rocks and leaners”. The rocks present themselves as powerful, armored and emotionally impenetrable. “I am a rock; their bodies seem to proclaim” (Bordo 203). The dominance is important to describe the rock. “Who can stare the other man down? Who will avert his eyes first? Whose gaze will be triumphant?” (Bordo 203). It’s like the rock is trying to challenge you through his gaze, and show the viewer
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