The actresses of Hollywood are forever being scrutinized for the way they look; are those stretch marks? Why is she wearing that dress with those shoes? They can’t even allow for a bit of “pudge” without the press assuming they’re pregnant (try having period bloat under the watchful eye of the paparazzi).
This phenomenon has been going on for years, with actresses being watched at every moment; society waiting with bated breath for the moment when they have a slip and look just like us and get a pimple or show their cellulite.
In the film, Miss Representation, is is discussed how women in politics are described in the media. How Hilary Clinton looks haggard (but how did she just handle her trip overseas?). Condoleezza Rice has constant bitch face, but what has she been doing in Washington? Even their proper titles have been withdrawn (Mrs. Clinton not Senator or Secretary..)
The magnifying glass has long been trained on the women of Hollywood (not to say that men are not seen in the tabloids wearing baggy clothing and looking haggard) but what of the men? In recent years, with the popularity of Mad Men, Jon Hamm has been receiving some attention for his, ahem, endowments. Preferring to go commando his penis is often seen a’danglin through his pants which has caused quite a stir. There are even tumblr’s dedicated to displaying images of Hamm and his, well, ham. This article pleads with Mr. Hamm to stop acting like a slut, exposing the unfair victim blaming imposed on women.
It is interesting to me that Jon Hamm is detesting all the attention around his penis. Certainly he should be upset. People are invading his personal space. But, this happens everyday with female celebrities; nip slips, crotch shots (are they wearing panties?), and as mentioned, being held up to ridiculous standards. This is the norm, women being treated like objects to be picked apart, seen as the body parts they are comprised of and not a whole person.
It is also worth mentioning that in our society, a large penis is seen as a necessary instrument to have a successful sex life. Jon Hamm is receiving overwhelmingly positive attention from women and men who want what is in his pants, and men who want what he has in their pants. Anyway you spin it, having a large penis is not a bad thing according to society. But having cellulite, sagging breasts and flubby thighs, is. The press also like to report on women who are too thin, which is disturbing as women who are too “fat” are met with shame.
Women in the media have been picked on by the press for having too small or too large body parts sometimes at the same time. But in the case of Jon Hamm, his penis is just big. I am not denying the fact that Hollywood has set a standard for men; full hair and a rock hard body. But, the media is more forgiving to them. Just look at George Clooney the childless bachelor who is unmarried; he has achieved a god-like status in Hollywood. Now lets look at how Jennifer Aniston is treated who is seven years younger than Clooney. Poor Jennifer. She has no children, isn’t married, why can’t she just settle down? Is she getting fat? How will she attract a husband with that outfit? Where is her status? She has managed to become one of Hollywoods most famous people and yet she is defined by what isn’t on her finger or what her body looks like.
It seems that women get a tough break in Hollywood while men must forever hear how large their penis is or how awesome they are for not getting married. What if the roles were switched. What would it look like if women were noticed for their talent and not their waist size? That is the world I want to live in.