The male sexuality is, to say the least, very well talked about. It is displayed and seen everywhere, often in an heterosexual kontext where the female sexuality is part of the background on the men’s terms. This is often viewed as an privilege amongst feminists, men are allowed to talk about their sexuality while women can not. They can have sex how ever they want it and when ever they want it (but not with everyone they want). They (the men) can more or less command sex and take what they like. I dont agree with the analysis that this is a privilige for men, the standard view on male sexuality is negative and harms men and in the end women and it inflicts on how we view non heterosexual sexuality.
The male sexuality is portrayed in movies, media, books and the everyday speach a lot. The problem is not that we talk about it but how it is talked about. There are two roads the discussion can go down, and over it all lays ”control” and ”always wanting sex” as a wet blanket, and now and then these two roads meet.
Road 1: The male sexuality is something to laugh about. The men often get to be portrayed as pathetic slaves under their own sexuality. This view is in almost every kind of comedy film Hollywood has created. From American pie and Superbad to Get him to the greek and All about Mary.
Road 2: As disgusting, as something that is suppose to make us feel a tiny bit uncomfortable or disgusted. This is usually made by portraying men as predators and the ones doing sexual crimes in some way. It can also be crossed with the ”humourus” part and seen as discusting but still something to laugh about.
A lot of the invectives used to degrade men and their sexuality alludes on how men don’t have the controll over sex. ”Pussy whipped” is an expression that means that a man is caring ”too much” about his partner and that the reason for it is sex. The man is supposed to have the sexual control, its the most important part, and it also affect how non heterosexual relations is viewed. How many living in a homosexual relationship has gotten the question who is the man and who is the woman in the relationship, for example? A question that is build on the thought that someone must be the ”man” and have the sexual control and that the other has to be the ”woman” and be dominated.
Male sexuality control is often given an violent touch. In movies, and also in porn, the male dominance via BDSM is seen as a norm. To physically hold a woman down, keep her controlled, pull her hair violently and so on to show dominance is just how sex is ”supposed” to be. If a man doesn’t like that kind of sex at all he is called a whimp and dork. Men is supposed to always wanting sex, to always be in and wanting control. If he of some reason don’t want sex and are not in control it is seen as a failure, and even if he gets raped it’s not seen as a crime, but as him not living up to the masculine standard. Take the movie ”Get him to the Greek” that i mentioned before. In the movie the main character gets raped by a girl during a party. But it’s not a scene where the viewer is made to feel sorry or emphaty with the victim, instead it’s made for the audience to laugh at the situation. We are not supposed to feel sorry for a man geting raped, we are supposed to laugh at the pathetic man that can’t control the situation and that don’t want sex with the girl since he has another girlfriend.
When male sexuality is portrayed as disgusting, dangerous or something to laugh about it is ofcourse affecting the way we see female sexuality. Women should be everything men are thought of not to be. Wich means they should be calm, level-headed and most important having their sexuality in control. Beause the male sexuality in the ground is seen as disgusting women should not want to have sex with a man. Instead men are supposed to ”hunt” for sex with a woman and then get the oportunity to boast about how they made it. The whole talk about how men ”conquer” women comes from the myth that good women don’t want to have sex with men but that they do it for the man if he acts the right way. A Swedish politician symbolizes this well when he talkes about feminism and women who have an active sexlife.
The caption goes: ”The ”female liberation” of today (The whoreification) is an abomination in mother earth’s eyes. It is only aiming to legitimizing a whore behaviour where women drinks liquor like men, whore around like men and god forbids can kill little babies because it’s ”the wrong time right now” etc. Those bitches deservs to have been aborted them selves”
To be a woman and act ”like a man” is disgusting and an abomination. How can it be? Because of the opinion that men have a disgusting sexuality. We get to learn from childhood that females have a sexuality that is a secret, something beautiful that has to be kept secured. Boys on the other hand get to learn that their sexuality is something they can’t control, that it is disgusting but it’s nothing to do about it. They get to learn that their female classmates has to adapt to them, dress not to provoce them and that they (the girls) have to ”be careful” around the boys because the boys sexuality is dangerous and agressive and the girls sexuality is worth protecting.
The same opinions comes again when boys at the age of 14-15-16 who have sex with 15-20 year older women is seen as heroes. That their sexuality should be protected and allowed to slowly evolve with someone of the same age is nothing anyone seem to care about. A girl in the age of 14-16 who have sex with a guy thats 30+ is not seen as a heroine, but as someone in need of help that is abused by an older creep. Because no matter what age the boy is in it’s part of his sexuality to always be in control with power and never being able to be the victim of abuse in sexual situations.
All of this is as society is asking for rapes to happen. If men are learned that heir sexuality don’t deserve respect, how are they supposed to respect others? If they get to learn that sex is something they have to nag to get, how are they supposed to easily know when they pass the line and the sex is an violation even if the girl says yes? But most of all, how are men supposed to respect women who are sexually liberated just as they are if they at the same time think that being sexually free is also to be disgusting and dangerous? It can’t work and that’s why we see a lot of slut shaming and the opinion that a woman that have had a lot of sex with different guys can’t get raped. Because with ”male labled sexuality” the position to be able to be a victim disapears. The fact is that there’s even cases where men who have raped feels that they made the victim a favour. Those men think that since their sexuality is so disgusting (and that they as a whole is disgusting) theres no way for a woman to have a good sexual relationship with them. So by raping her the men feel they have ”protected” her sexuality since she can say that it was not consensual.
What we need is of course that the female sexuality can be shown more in society, but also to not talk less about male sexuality but to talk about it in a better way. We need to talk more about relationships and respect as a whole. We need to see men being lifted as beutiful, soft and sensual in their sexuality. Something that today gets labled as ”gay” directly since only men are thought to be able to enjoy the male body. My point with this text is that if we want men to respect their own sexuality, female sexuality or any kind of sexuality, we can not go on and teach them to feel self loathing becaus of their sexuality. We must therfore start with the men’s self confidence about sex and sexuality before we can expect them to change the view on female sexuality.
I want to end this text by showing a picture by the artist David Kawena. A person who succeedes with showing men as both soft, sensual and powerful at the same time. Male bodys and sexuality has to be portrayed like this more often. Men also deserves to be desired.