Insecure star Issa Rae is the gift that keeps on giving. The actress/producer/writer recently opened up about her mission to make male nudity as common as female nudity on television.
Rae has pushed for more male nudity on her show and apparently the actors are all about! She said,
“Let’s see some dicks. No, I’ve found that a lot of the guys who we’ve worked with have just been all in, like balls to the wall. No balls have been on walls! They’ve been really great about, and generous with, their body parts. I’ve had some of the actors come up and just be like, “I think it’s cool that the women aren’t as nude on this show.”
This is one crusade we can totally get behind!
Emmy Rossum was present at the interview (a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter) and added,
“I think we should be equal opportunity P and D.”
But in all seriousness, we are all down for this role reversal. We’ve had enough of the sexualization of women on TV and film. Uh, are bodies are more than just objects to have sex with, after all!
The male gaze is actually something that women have had to continually fight against — to show the female form without sexualization. The book Girl on Girl, an art and photography book, was recently published in the hopes of normalizing the female gaze and normalizing the female nude as a non-sexual image.
And to be clear, we’re not saying that to fix the problem we need to sexualize men more often. But hey, it couldn’t hurt.