Evolution of the visual language of sex appeal
October 8, 2011 5:16 PM Subscribe
Can you recommend books/articles on the history of the visual representation of sexuality in popular culture?
posted by abirdinthehand to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure about my phrasing, probably my lack of accurate search terms is hindering my online quest.
I would like to find something that compares and contrasts the representation of men and women as sexual objects/creatures throughout the 20th century. Something that has to do with images only, not literature for instance, but looking at the visual languages that are established and how they evolved.
I'm curious how the portrayal of men and women may have influenced one another or have taken differing paths. I recently read that nude male photos were initially distributed under the auspices of fitness magazines, so of course they featured beefy dudes doing athletic stuff. Stuff like that- beefcakes and pinups, compare and contrast- a history of imagery strung together somehow.
Is there something like this out there?
This sort of thing has been on my mind lately, but was brought into foucs by this