This might be a bit of a rant. You have been warned.
Back in the day, women used to complain a lot about science fiction and fantasy covers because of the scantily clad women on the front. We still complain because those covers of warrior women make no sense in the context of the stories. Despite our complaints, those types of covers continue because, we are told, they sell books. The romance genre wasn’t much better with sleeves slid down and provocative poses, but in general, both parties on the cover seemed to have a lot of wardrobe malfunctions going on. There’s always been a bit of bitterness when men “objectify” women either by the way they talk or the way women are displayed.
Well, I’m here to (rant) say that I really do not understand this relatively new fad of referring to men as “eye candy” or “yummy” or “yum” and so on. Men are not a food source; they do not grow in gardens (not that I’ve noticed, and I garden a lot). Where is the respect? Why is it okay to make drooling comments openly about book covers just because they happen to depict a man without his shirt? I don’t get it. Men can be quite attractive with their clothes on and in general, I don’t know too many of them who go out with their guns blazing or swords drawn half naked. You don’t see policemen on the force showing up to work without shirts, possibly because clothes are somewhat protective, at the very least from the elements.
I’ve nothing against a compliment now and then, mind you. A polite “wow” or “He’s very good looking” may be called for in some situations. Perhaps it’s just the silly food references–I saw one this morning about a cover that actually said, “Sluuuurp.” My eyes rolled so far back in my head, I nearly fell over. If I man made some of these comments about a woman, he’d be read the riot act or, in some cases, get smacked across the head, sued or fired.
At any rate, if you see me walking down the street, I don’t care if there is a good looking man or woman walking nearby, no slurping please. Just hold any disrespect if you can possibly manage it.
Book covers with clothes