Our newest post from Sydney Avitia-Jacques.
“Glamour’s “Sexiest Men of 2015” pulls names from film, music, and sports — even race car driving. But in other ways, it’s shockingly lacking in diversity: less than ten of the hundred men on the list are not caucasian. The vast majority of them embody a strikingly similar fair-skinned, dark-haired look. The body size of men on the list is also incredibly homogenous.
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t look like they spend more time than most men can in the gym. There’s a lack of skinny men— most of their suits are
This list is based on the votes of 80,000 Glamour readers, but it’s not even close to representative of the general population. It’s evidence of the unrealistic standards that men and boys face every day when comparing themselves to the people that are celebrated in the media. This is not to criticize any of the men on the list, but to point out that men with other looks need to be celebrated alongside them. It’s time for the majority of men, who don’t have this rare but over-glorified look, to see themselves appreciated, and not neglected, in mainstream media.”noticeably squeezing around muscles. But very few of them squeeze in the other way— the way that is natural and normal for men to experience as they grow into adult size (despite the public’s supposed love for “dad bods”).
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We’d like to kick off our new BLOG by extending a warm welcome to Sydney Avitia-Jacques, who is interested in bringing media scrutiny about males, body image, and diversity (or lack thereof) to NAMED and our supporters.
Sydney writes, “The average person in the US spends over 10 hours a day consuming media. Body and masculinity insecurity in men and boys has risen with our media exposure. Media messages have also become increasingly dangerous. Males are told they can not be too fat, too skinny, or too weak; they are told to subject themselves to the idea of “the perfect body”; and perhaps worst of all, they are told it is never okay to feel insecure. With this blog, NAMED will investigate mixed media depictions of males in pop culture, to provoke the discussion that will help those hurt by this phenomenon reclaim their self worth. We encourage readers to comment on social media and to start these conversations with people in their own lives.”
Sydney is from Los Angeles, CA, and is a student athlete at Bowdoin College in Maine, where she studies Sociology and Spanish. She is a member of Bowdoin’s Peer Health, which promotes physical and mental health on campus. She is an eating disorder survivor, and is passionate about positive body image advocacy and mental health destigmatization. She believes in the power of the media to educate and create positive social change.
We’ll be posting the first of Sydney’s analyses soon when she tackles Glamour’s “Sexiest Men of 2015”