Is this Writer Serious?

Happened to notice this story on Yahoo by Lindsay Robertson: Taylor Lautner’s Shirtless Pics: A Hollywood Double Standard?

Remember the huge uproar in April 2008, when 15-year-old Miley Cyrus appeared in “Vanity Fair” wrapped in a sheet, with her right shoulder and the top of her back visible, implying that, under the sheet, she wasn’t wearing a shirt?…

Now, with the premiere of his movie, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” less than a month away, magazines, websites, and TV are blanketed with images of 17-year-old star Taylor Lautner, shirtless and showing off the body he trained for months to perfect for the role. And yet, none of the cultural critics who turned Miley’s photos into a full-blown “scandal” have said a word about the sexualization of Taylor, who, at 17, is just two years older than Miley was during her “scandal” and is also a minor. So, does Hollywood have a double standard?

I had to check again to make sure that Taylor Lautner was a guy. He is, and I think that the clear answer is “Yes, there are definitely different standards when it comes to males and females without shirts on. Duh.

What a shocking discovery.


  1. Hollywierd. Who cares? I set and live by my own standards, which are DEFINITELY a lot higher then theirs.

  2. Since guys tend to be seen as the sexual instigators, aggressors, whatever you want to call it, it’s not really a problem for younger guys to be shown in that light anyway. For the same reason no one cares when a female school teacher has sex with one of her male students, but the converse is cause for outrage and labels of “monster.” Women are seen as the more vulnerable gender, and sexualizing them too early is more taboo for that reason.

    Also, all the teeny bopper girls, Brittany, Aguilera, Lohan etc., seem to have a problem with turning into basket-case whores when they go down that path. The guys not so much. Justin Timberlake seems to be able to keep it together and nail a lot of hot chicks at the same time.

    It’s not really good for either gender, but the double standard is firmly in place.

  3. Thanks for telling me he’s a guy before I followed the link. That would have been a hell of a disappointment.

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