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Okay, these men are not naked and they may not appeal so much to the heterosexual female, but I like the idea anyway :)
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Absolutely stunning photography by british photographer Carl Warner – and again proof that the male body is at least as beautiful as the female body…
Dear readers and viewers,
Some time has passed by since I’ve written my last post. What has happened? Well, my daughter is 14 months old now and quite a handful of cuteness ;)
And just a bit over one month ago my naked man and I got married. I did not really have the time to concern myself with other naked males, but I did think about this topic and where to go from where I’d left off.
NMHW was born in March 2008. At the time I was determined to get the naked male body as a subject of female desire as much into the spotlight as I possibly could. I did my research, I shared my thoughts, reviewed some books, movies and magazines and I posted as many beautiful male bodies I could get my hands on. Inspired by my experiences with the male customers of the erotic boutique I worked for, I also wrote about male sexuality related themes. The feedback on NMHW so far has been amazing, but I am not sure if it is enough to continue…
When I started this project, I had already thought op some theories why the nude male is such a big deal: see my article The Search for Cock. But over time I realized there may be a bigger reason why male nude photography for women is not working: women are not men.
What is the main purpose of erotic nude photography (when it is not made to be art)? Exactly. It is masturbation material. Men can look at a picture of a naked woman – or just the essential body parts of a woman: breasts, ass, vulva – and get turned on in such a way that it is enough to make a masturbation session have a satisfactory ending. For me no photo of a naked man, no matter how erotic or good looking he is, has such an effect on me. To be honest, I do not know any woman who masturbates while looking at photos of male nudes. If there are women who do this, let me know! I do enjoy looking at nice photographs of naked men and if I particularly like one, of course I wonder what it would be like to touch that beautiful body. But that’s where the fantasy ends. Something vital, something that men do not really need, is missing: movement.
In order to imagine if a man is a good lover, I need to know how he moves. If I see an attractive man having sex with someone, I can imagine if he is good or bad at it. If I have the impression he is breathtakingly good, then the naked man starts to turn me on.
I think men do not need to see a naked woman move because they probably fantasize more about what they do to her than what she might do to them. A woman doesn’t necessarily have to do much for the man to have satisfying sex. Even if she would just lay in bed and let herself be taken, it would most likely be quite boring, but it would do. Vice versa though, it surely would not. When sex is perceived in its essence, the woman plays the passive part in the bedroom, the man the active. Receiving and giving. Stagnation and movement.
I assume this is the reason why women do not go crazy over male nude magazines, books or any other medium that shows male nude photography. Therefore the magazines, no matter how good they are, do not survive, illustrated books do not sell enough and no publisher is interested in publishing male nude photography for a female target group – unless you pay for them to print it and honestly, that says enough.
And there is the reason that all good things, even Naked Men, Happy Women, must come to an end. Funny enough, when I started writing this post, an exhibition about naked men opened in the Leopold Museum in Vienna. You can see some of the art work underneath this article. Not the best photos, but I was not allowed to use the flash :). Although people who have seen the exhibition poster (the one with the three naked football players) hanging all over town were mostly ‘shocked’ or ‘disgusted’ by seeing completely naked men – people have been covering up the penises on the posters! – there were lots of people attending the exhibition while my husband and I were there…
Anyway, it seems people finally do start to realize the naked man needs more attention – and is worth more attention! The male body is beautiful, erotic and sensual and should not be hidden. I hope my blog has made a worthy contribution to this break through and I thank all of you for your support, your compliments and your suggestions! A special thanks is for all the men who have taken the courage to mail me photographs of themselves that I was allowed to share here on Naked Men, Happy Women. Thumbs up, guys!
“Like countless American children, I grew up hearing the nursery rhyme that claimed that little boys were made of “snips and snails and puppy-dog tails” while girls were “sugar and spice and everything nice.” Attached as I was as a small boy to our pet dachshund, I thought puppy-dog tails were a fine thing indeed, but the point of the rhyme wasn’t lost on me. Boys were dirty, girls were clean and pure.
We’re raised in a culture that both celebrates and pathologizes male “dirtiness.” On the one hand, boys were and are given license to be louder, rowdier, and aggressive. We’re expected to get our hands dirty, to rip our pants and get covered in stains. We enjoy a freedom to be dirty that even now, our sisters often do not. No mistake, that’s male privilege.”
This is the start of a very open and honest article by Hugy Schwyzer about how we in our society are taught to think that the male body is dirty compaired to the aesthetic and beautiful female body. I can only say this: please read this article!
Remember the Male Body of Week ? We are happy to present a guest entry by the photographer behind those fantastic images, Mariah Carle.
“Every day we view images of nude women, yet there are very few nude male images available. Those that do manage to make it to the publishers stands are dedicated to other men. Subsequently, men have a plethora of images to look at – of women as well as other men.
What about us women? We want our images of nude men to ogle and enjoy!
Thousands of California photographers will happily work with women clients, but many will refuse to photograph a nude male… I on the other hand am more then happy to fill that specialized au natural niche!
Here are three common reasons male clients come to my studio:
1. I receive calls from both men and women asking if I shoot male nudes. Usually their wives or girfriends want sexy images of them in the buff. Sometimes guys want to give their wife a unique gift. Many times it is the ladies who are calling me up to set the appointment. Ladies enjoy looking at men just as often as men enjoy looking at ladies!
2. Some guys just like to show off their exhibitionist side. I work with many people who have a wild side: they enjoy the thrill of being nude outdoors and they love the excitement of having their picture taken. Many men just want a collection of great images of themselves before they lose their hair and the paunch starts to show. Other clients are proud of new weight loss and want to show off the body they have spent hours at the gym working for.
3. The dirty little word “art”. I participate in several arts shows each year. The majority of them have a very unbalanced percentage of nude women on the gallery walls. I have been trying hard to submit more male art as well as partake in shows that not only accept male nudes, but emphasize them as legitimate art. To be able to submit more wonderful male nude photography – and by doing that change the general attitude towards male nudity in art – men are more than welcome to undress in front of my camera.”
Photographer, specialized in boudoir and nude photography
of both men and women.
Website: Bay Area Boudoir
His skin, the shape of his shoulder, the fingers grabbing his flesh…
I simply can’t wait ’till next week. I need to post this photo, right now. A few glasses of Blaufrankisch may have something to do with it :)
Anyway, mhhh, enjoy…
You may have discovered the official website of Naked Men, Happy Women. If so, then you know that Lady Lu and I are taking NMHW to the next level.
Based on the positive reactions of our faithful readers and the growing desire for more beautiful images of the male body to stimulate our titillating fantasies, we are now working on our first erotic art project: Naked Men, Happy Women Illustrated. The idea is to incorporate the work of ten photographers – both professional and amateur – into a wonderful, high quality book. A book that says: men are beautiful and erotic, and women love looking at their stunning bodies. A book that might find its way to your bedside table. A book that triggers your fantasies. A book that inspires you. A tribute to men. The perfect gift.
Earlier this year we started contacting various Austrian photographers such as Joe Malina, Pilo Pichler, Karola Riegler and Doris Dannerbauer. Their reactions are more than positive, therefore our hopes are high! We are still looking for two participants, so if you are a photographer who can identify with this project and want to join our mission to celebrate the male nude, feel free to contact us for more information:
We are open for suggestions and ideas, so dear readers, let us know what your hearts desire!
P.S.: sponsoring and donations to support the project and the photographers involved are very welcome as well.