I began this project with the intention to highlight the ridiculousness of gender roles in print advertising. I didn’t realize that I was going to find something even bigger. The problem of sexism in advertising and media in general is widespread and dangerous. This practice of separating a woman’s body from her mind and making her into individual body parts to be used and sexualized is all too common in our society.

I can respect that advertising is an art in and of itself, however; it is one thing to use the human body for art, and another to use nudity to exploit and demean an entire gender and sell products. Don’t get me wrong: there is nothing wrong with nudity. The human body is beautiful, but should be celebrated NOT sexualized. If any of these photos of sexualized men make you uncomfortable, then now you know how I, and many women, feel looking at billboards, magazine ads, TV commercials, and all kinds of media every day.

These images are copyright Callie Compton 2014-2015 and I reserve ALL rights to their use. High resolution images are available upon request. This project was nominated for the Dean’s Creative Achievement Award at the University of Memphis as the Journalism Department’s representative.

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Based on a PETA ad

Based on an ad for BMW

Based on an American Apparel ad

Based on a Calvin Klein jeans ad

Based on a Tom Ford ad

Based on an ad for BMW

Based on D&G ads

Based on an editorial shoot

Based on the Vogue shoot starring Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman

Concept from photographers and models

Based on D&G ads

Based on a YSL ad

Based on a Vogue Italia cover

Based on the Paper Magazine cover with Kim Kardashian