I know this is a feminist-friendly site, and we are supposed to talk about men in direct relation to women—what they do, how it affects women/feminism, etc.—but sometimes you just need to look at them. I love Dodai on her boy-crazy days. I don't like how many comments on her article on the changing requirements of male superstardom are criticising her for writing it. She's making an observation that male stars are being blatantly objectified in the audition process, much like women have been since the dawn of moving pictures.

Actresses have been objectified since forever. I have worked with someone who the producers insisted wear spanx under her jeans, because she was a more natural kind of tiny, as opposed to the zero-body-fat kind that takes more work to maintain. Jez features photoshopping monstrosities all the time, with the victims nearly always female. In the article, Dodai merely observes that this landscape is now starting to really affect actors, too.

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Her posts often encourage the oggling of men. Men have done this for years; I don't understand why we aren't allowed to without some sort of backlash. Is it a step backwards? Barely. I believe in fighting for feminism by outwitting my opponents, and existing on a higher plane. You can do what they do; you just have to do it better. So I see very little harm in oggling some men who are paid handsomely for the hard work it takes them to maintain the physiques we like to look at in all our shoot-em-up-blow-em-up blockbusters. If you want to be that kind of movie star, this is one of the requirements. If you want to be a superhero or god of some kind, you've got to work for that. And your female fans will appreciate it, publicly from time to time.

So as men used to say, shut up and look pretty, my sweeties. And really, we have Tyler Durden to thank for this trend.