- Jul 21, 2010
Well, there is really the root of the problem with oversexualization in both cases. Whether it is a female oversexualization portraying a character screaming to be taken, or a male oversexualization screaming their intent to take someone? I mean, after all, the split is visibly there. The split is visibly there as you mentioned, the female oversexualization usually portrays a slender and voluptuous figure, big in just the right places, while the male character is a muscle-bound hulk all about asserting dominance. It's two different kinds of oversexualization, it really is.erttheking said:Also, girls aspiring to be super models is a mindset I know a lot of people have been starting to criticize as extremely toxic, as it can cause unrealistic expectations and eating disorders like anorexia.
Again, explored in my post above.
But for both cases, the inevitable outcome of them? An overarcing mentality that those are the kind of girls the guys want, and those are the kind of guys the girls want. And where does that leave people? With a feeling that their appearance just isn't good enough, if they don't have the body of a supermodel, whether that's an hourglass-shaped girl or a well-sculpted guy. Yes they are two distinctly different presentations, and arguably the female presentation is more detrimental for being a 'submissive' sexualization to the male 'empowered' sexualization, especially in the example you showed there.
But for both of them, the root of it all is that it constantly hammers on a representation of the genders that neither guys nor girls would really aspire to. It points at them and says "this is how your gender should look, only you don't". It instills a feeling of unwanted inadequacy, regardless of whether you are male or female, not to mention an unwanted pressure to obtain that kind of a physique. It's just as toxic for guys as it is for girls. The expectations become unrealistic for everyone.