so a local town did a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce featuring white male business owners and employees. some of the profits were donated to charity but most went to funding the chamber of commerce.
this is a pretty popular and well-received annual thing.
if you’re not conventionally attractive, it’s amusing and cute. if you are conventionally attractive it’s sexy and fun. all in all, it’s totally harmless. nobody would bat an eye at this calendar being up in a home where children saw it. nobody would feel awkward taking out a loan from those bankers.
the photographer is able to make a little joke about his genitalia by conveniently placing a camera between his legs. now imagine a woman selling melons making a similar coy joke. no-go.
cis white men are in control of when their bodies are sexualized, and when they are not.
if women had been asked to do this calendar, it would be a shit storm. conventionally attractive women posing semi nude - like real estate guy or the LAWYER posing on his diving board - would be slutty and tasteless. nobody would buy a house from a woman sprawled on an adirondack chair with a “sold” sign covering her breasts. nobody would want a pool babe defending them in court.
and god forbid if this woman is old, even remotely chubby, ugly, or some combination of the three - like many of the men here are - then it would be disgusting, not amusing or cute or confident. nobody would want that in their home. and her body would be laughed at. the men here are inviting you to laugh with them, appreciate how confident they are that they showed their bodies in spite of not looking like beefcake real estate agent. conventionally unattractive women, on the other hand, would get laughed at. god forbid should the woman be a person of color, in which her body would either be further sexualized or desexualized, but ultimately dehumanized.
this calendar is a parody of sports illustrated and other calendars that many of these men probably have hanging in their garage or even at the office. but it’s funny when they do it.
white men are in control of how their bodies are perceived.
this town chamber of commerce wouldn’t invite women to partake of this - even if women, knowing how damaging to their career it could potentially be, wanted to partake of it - because it would be scandalous and disgusting.
if this was a calendar of local women, or a local mixed-gender group, i’d have to tag it NSFW. men equally undressed - nipples or not - is family friendly.
i’m really tired of “charity” that depends upon men having autonomy over their bodies and leaves women behind. walks to “end” domestic violence in which men walk a mile in high heels. no shave november. and these ridiculous calendars.
there’s also much to be said for how white (and cis) this calendar is. you may say that’s just who owns businesses in this town, but look again at that orchard. that’s more white men at that orchard than i’ve ever seen there working on a single day. on a usual day those men aren’t out there picking apples. who do you think is?
white cis men have control over how their bodies are perceived. the rest of us do not.
This made me so uncomfortable.
Oh look it’s Abuja in a nutshell.
aside from very few intersections this how it works in haiti. most of the roads ain’t paved either (though they’ve been working on that consistently)
how do people cross the street without dying
I’d just wouldn’t cross the street I’d have to plan out my entire life on one side of the street
This is really engrossing to watch. The cars look like pedestrians walking through a big city square.
Ethiopia has one of the highest accident rates in the world, so here you go.
This changed from an art and pop stars blog to a social justice and cute animals blog, and I apologize to all who have been dragged along for the ride.
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Speaking of toys that look like steve, my mother bought this puppet for my sister this easter, and commented on how it looks like steve. He disagrees, but please review the evidence for yourself.