i hate how people directly compare the sexualization that men do to women to the sexualization that women do to men, in our forms of entertainment.
because firstly, the sexualization of women has been an ongoing thing that has had real legitimate life altering effects on women and men alike.
secondly, sexualization of women is usually very gratuitous in nature. while a good portion of sexualization of men is not actually intentional and is taken away from something despite the efforts of the creators. to simplify… any sexualization that is happening was not the intended result at all
thirdly. a lot of what people call sexualization of men is also a male power fantasy. and a lot of that sexualization comes from the character choosing to welcome that kind of gaze and probably, in story, receiving a lot of womanly attention for it. while most cases of sexualizing women are not done at the characters decision and are usually just shots of them as if the camera or audience’s eye are voyeurs. and they will often face very negative attention for this, in story and by fans
fourthly. on the male power fantasy. the men are usually depicted in “strong” poses and mannerisms that give the men reading a sense of that. they can easily fantasize about becoming that character or seeing that character in a positive heroic light. Despite any sexualization a person attracted to the male body might take away. NOT SO WITH A LOT OF WOMEN.
women are reduced to sexual objects. men can be sexualized yet still retain their personalities. strengths and weaknesses. my personal experience with fans, a good portion of fans i’ve encountered who may sexualize men, can still sit back and engage with the character on a real character level. while the women who are sexualized rarely ever get this treatment and are only looked at when wanting to discuss tits and ass