Do the people who admire this kind of thing ever wonder why there’s no Men’s Auxiliary Assless Chaps For Peace March?
No, of course not.
Of course, this criticism is equally applicable to other pseudo-progressive causes, including roughly 84.9% of PETA’s campaigns.
Updated to add: I’d just like to clarify – I chose to include the above photo in order to illustrate what a “Men’s Auxiliary Assless Chaps For Peace March” might actually look like. Unfortunately, and apropos the Occasional lurker’s point, a search on Flickr for Creative Commons images involving men wearing “ass chaps” turned up very few photos. The sexualization, objectification and display of male body parts is a rarity, and usually takes place only in the context of specific subcultures (here, “the gay leather and fetish community,” as the photographer notes). Likewise, the wearing of assless chaps would more likely than not be met with open hostility and violence outside of said community – because we live in a fundamentally homophobic society. If this was your initial reaction to the above photo, it’s not the emotion I’d hoped to elicit (I was going for cognitive dissonance re: the acceptability male vs. female public nudity, fwiw).
Don’t be a homophobic a-hole, is what I’m sayin’.