Thursday, October 20, 2011

Men Ups: The Calender that Twists Gendered Expectations

Looking through any magazine, it is clear that men and women are posed in specifically gendered ways. Photographer Rion Sabean, has taken a series of photos for a calendar, which will be available on his site in December, which challenge these gendered positions, by placing stereotypically masculine men in poses that are normally reserved for women.




In an interview at Jezebel, Rion Sabean had the following to say about what inspired his work:
I had had the idea for such a long time, and just never went for it. The imagery of showcasing the feminine/masculine ideals in one single image just struck me as something that could really work. Hilariously enough, and beyond my fascination with gender binaries and their inherent nature to be completely incomprehensible to me, I first began tinkering with the idea, because I will at any given moment strike very specific poses that would be defined as feminine by society; more specifically, the pointed toe. Haha. From there, it was completely obvious that pin-ups and all the associations with them would be the right choice in moving forward.
Here is a link to check out the rest of these hilarious and insightful photos. 

What were your thoughts when you viewed the above images?

H/T Feminist Philosophers