Question for the mens: When you see a male nude layed out in this kind of displayed for the viewer kind of way, how does it make you feel?
I ask because I always feel a little bad for men when I draw one like this. That is, unless I know him and we’re both playing the game of performance.
I draw women like this all the time, but I don’t feel bad because the performance of sexy girl is already a game to me. As a woman, I’m so used to seeing bodies like mine objectified, commodified, idealized and otherwise dehumanized, I long ago detached from identifying with those images. They are like cartoons that have nothing to do with me and everything to do with culture’s delusion. So when I draw women posed for the male gaze, I’m making fun of the gaze not the women. But when I draw men like this I feel like I’m making fun of the man.
How’s it feel, men?