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Fight Club is about a gang of muscular shirtless men lead by Brad Pit. So in hindsight is it at all surprising that Fight Club set the benchmark for male beauty?
It's a sign of something that whenever I see a reference to a movie called "The Avengers", I have to remind myself that it's not about Mrs. Peel and Mr. Steed.
Does society even exist?
Yep, all three. Is that so wrong?
Again you nail it in panel three.
This may be the most brilliant comic you've done. Which is saying a lot, as you've done a lot of amazing comics.
Too close to home.
It was my wife, not I, who rented Avengers and bought a copy, and will watch it. Same with most of the rest of the modern cape operas.Yes, I'm sure.
We're not supposed to talk about Fight Club.
Didn't you get the memo?
I'm not up on my comic book superhero movies. Like Robert, when I hear 'Avengers', I think of a guy in a bowler and a woman in a catsuit. Is the Avengers movie the one with a character who has an electric-blue wang?
Ultimately the blame rests on the suitably broad shoulders of Eugen Sandow, who in the closing years of the 19th century shocked and thrilled Victorian society by demonstrating that it was possible for the male body to resemble those Ancient Greek statues which had previously been assumed to be physically unachievable idealized exaggerations.
He was not only the first bodybuilder, but the first beefcake pinup (for both sexes - apparently he swung both ways). Without Sandow, Bond would still look like Sean Connery, Batman would still look like Adam West, and you'd never have heard of Big Arnie because he'd just be Arnie, and would have to get by on his acting talents alone. Obviously there's a case for and against Sandow being a Good Thing - discuss.
PS - In case you're wondering, this is what Eugen Sandow looked like; pretty impressive for 1894. (WARNING! - Photo of man literally dressed in figleaf, so possibly NSFW.)
I am a woman and went to see the Avengers, and the Thor movies and the Ironman movies. Do you really think they are not aiming at woman when they keep showing Thor shirtless for no good reasons (I mean other than because he's nice to look at) ?
I suppose we expect our heroes to be larger than life, ripped musclemen that look like they could punch through walls and so on.It just makes them more impressive, and humans like being impressed.
@ Allen, "Does society even exist" Wow! What a thought, it smacked me in the face like a giant yoga ball!And when I think on it, "society", in my mind, is everyone not including me or people I know personally. But if it gets perceived that way for everyone - then what/ where/ who is this "society"?
It's all an insidious plot!They keep us picking at ourselves and eachother so we won't band togetheer and demand better writing, acting, and directing for our money!
Of the two of us in our marriage, I'm the one obsessed with comic book movies, and I'm the one who runs Nerds Against Humanity on Tumblr. I'm the wife.
Well, that article is a bit eye-opening for me. How depressing.
I just don't get why Brad Pitt is supposed to be the epitome of male beauty. He doesn't do much for me. George Clooney, on the other hand - very hot!
I'm glad I'm not the only one to call out Fight Club for this.
Is that what a man is supposed to look like?
No, he's supposed to look like Brad Pitt.
My ex-girlfriend had four copies of this movie, until I bought her a BlueRay player.
I too have trouble remembering that "The Avengers" are no longer Mr. Steed and Mrs. Peel. And I don't like action movies, so apparently I'm missing out on the New Hunkiness. I can easily live with that. I do think female actors still have it tougher, because there is a much stronger expection that they will look hot no matter what kind of movie they're in.
@Anne - But it's progress, towards an equally unachievable ideal for everyone! Isn't that inspiring?
Equality. Everyone suffers. Which is better than a few not suffering, in exchange for everyone else suffering more, don't get me wrong.
By pure coincidence I was Google image searching beard competition winner Paul Roof, when a picture of Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof came up. At least some of the arguments in that article are invalid: http://thoughtcatalog.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/paul_newman.jpeg?w=584