Yesterday afternoon Another Man announced their 23rd cover star – Harry Styles. What followed blew my mind.
As my feed filled with remarks on Styles appearance in all three covers, with the first and most commercial being applauded, I began to wonder. Why is this artist still viewed as an object?
We know I’m a fan of Harry Styles’ style. This isn’t new.
You can’t demand feminism in 2016 if you still view an artistic photo shoot as derivative just because you aren’t getting hot and bothered over it.
Why does he have to be hot? Why do we demand this of man, the ‘man candies’ or #mcm to be six packed and aesthetically pleasing as possible?
We cry out when women are splashed over the cover as the New Hot Girl and shriek it’s sexist. But then a magazine cover comes out with Harry Styles on looking not his usual boyband self. And people instantly put him down, saying he’s ‘so average looking’ ‘so not sexy at ALL, I’d rather have Zayn’ or ‘does he think this looks good?’ What if this was the reaction to a woman like Miley Cyrus at the start of her career post Hannah Montana? Or Victoria Beckham when she branched into fashion? (Oh wait.)
So I could then make the point to the ladies, this photoshoot isn’t even for you.
Like, we demand women to be seen as more, then we must apply this logic to men as well. You can’t demand feminism in 2016 if you still view an artistic photo shoot as derivative just because you aren’t getting hot and bothered over it. It doesn’t work like that.
End of story.