A call to end the sexist objectification of men’s bodies on the covers of romance novels

I’ve been away on holiday for a week, but one day I turned on breakfast TV and was disappointed to see a militant feminist commentator, Kat Banyard, whine on… and on… and on… and on… and on… about the major societal scourge of ‘Lad’s mags’. Only Laura Bates of ‘The Everyday Sexism Project’ whines for longer than Kat Banyard (apparently without drawing breath).

Heaven forbid that men (and women) should encounter images of attractive women on the front of magazines. One person texted the show to make the good point that nobody forces the women in these magazines to appear in them. I understand these magazines are contacted by thousands of women every week, keen to display their bodies to an appreciative audience.

For a little light relief, it was good to read American blogger JudgyBitch’s characteristically funny and feisty take on the matter, in a recent blog post. I strongly recommend you subscribe to her blog. Her posts are always worth reading, and heaven knows in our fight against militant feminism we need all the laughs we can get.



About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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