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Below are two pictures of the actor Jason Momoa. You might remember him from Stargate: Atlantis, Game of Thrones, or the remake of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie that I've never seen, but I'm not entirely convinced it needed to be remade. While he's definitely not in bad shape in either picture, he's undeniably softer in the photo on the right.

If you're a woman (or a man who bends that way), you might be drooling at one or both of these pictures. If you're a tabloid writer, you might be looking at the photo of the right and typing up a dramatic story about how he's going to die of teh dethfats¹. If you're Perez Hilton, you might be writing about his dethfats, and in addition doodling a penis or two aimed at his face in MSPaint².

I'm a mostly-straight gymrat, so I see something different here.

That picture on the left is what our culture currently pushes as the male ideal. For most men, it's really fucking hard to achieve. In addition to a few lucky rolls of the genetic dice, it takes a considerable time investment (one that's out of the reach of most of us) and dedication to a certain kind of eating habits (again, out of most people's reach). And even if you do achieve it, it takes effort to maintain it. And even if you're always working on it, the cycle of bulking and cutting means that it won't always look that way.

Currently, I look like a skinnier version of the picture on the right. I'd like to look like the picture on the left (though obviously much paler), and I'll work toward that end. But I'll keep both pictures in mind, and I won't beat myself up if I don't make it there. And honestly, I get enough out of my exercise routine, both physically and emotionally, that my time and effort won't have been wasted just because I fail at looking like a statue.

And obviously, as always, I won't be judging people who don't achieve this ideal (or the female one), or people who feel that their time could be better spent on other things.

    1. Historically, female actors are much easier pickings for this kind of hack job. Still, there are a few tabloid writers who consider talking about male actors getting a bit soft to be a daring innovation. I could have made this post with two pictures -- one hard, one soft -- of Channing Tatum instead of Jason Momoa, and I have seen that kind of tongue-clicking about him getting pudgy.

    2. I'm not saying Perez Hilton has done this, but honestly, who would be surprised if he did? I'd go look, but that would involve me actually visiting Perez Hilton's website, and honestly, I'd want to soak my computer in bleach afterward. Besides, I don't want to give that shitheap hits.

don't read the conan books!

Date: 2013-10-26 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you need something to laugh at, go watch the Arnold Conan the destroyer, it's got great music and hilarious acting. I mean you could watch barbarian too, but if you're only going to watch one, watch destroyer. ;) for added fun, drink and mst3k it! Given your tv episode commentary I can't imagine you'd detest it.

in other random Arnold news, he's reportedly making another conan movie sometime soon. I can only hope they're better than any of his or sly's current attempts!

Oddly, this got me thinking about sword-dancer saga, a bit of books by Jennifer Roberson. I wonder if HBO could make some tv out of that with game of thrones leftovers. :)

/movie ramble off

Date: 2013-10-27 02:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-10-27 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I tried to listen to Perez Hilton once. Once. I lasted about 3 or 4 minuets before I realized that he is a nasty, catty, bitch-queen of a person who enjoys being slanderous and just mean.

The only good thing about PH and Joan Rivers and that ilk is that they are at least open and up front about what vile humans scum they are, and not trying to mask it in professional reporting.

Date: 2013-10-27 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like SOME muscle on a guy but I'm not really into guys who look like loaves of challah bread.

Date: 2013-10-29 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Being completely honest, the pic on the right is much more attractive to my eyes. More real world. Besides, if you're either cuddling or banging away, a bit of softness can be quite nice :-)


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