That’s enough of the pecs Poldark
SO, Poldark has finished … and so is Aidan Turner’s career as a serious actor.
We’ve all noticed he’s a very attractive man – lovely hair, eyes, and oh yes, that chest which has been widely appreciated.
One of his co-stars, Heida Reed who plays Elizabeth, complained last week about the double standards of female fans, saying this objectifying is getting ‘ridiculous’ and would not be tolerated if he were female.
Actually, I had thought that rippling six packs were getting as passé as double F breasts. Just as Katie Price reduces her assets – not her monetary cup which allegedly still runneth over, but her cup size – I see the day coming when men will cover up again, or at least stop all the oiling and preening.
Chest hair is already creeping back and becoming fashionable again. This includes Mr F, who recently had his chest shaved for a stomach operation, but Uxbridge can be grateful that he’s promised not to remove his shirt in public, even while ‘scything’ the grass…
It’s not so long ago that I wrote we were getting silly about men’s chests. In Strictly Come Dancing viewers and judges were getting hot under their collars about male dancers stripping to the waist. It was a laugh to begin with, but (oh dear) it soon got boring. I confessed that in the past I had enjoyed all-girl trips to see The Chippendales and The Dreamboys but stressed this was a shared joke with the men, who yes, were topless and oiled, but they camped it up as we cheered them on, and they never pretended to be serious actors. Aidan Turner is a really good actor but probably the next time he plays a serious role in the theatre, the audience will be full of women shouting ‘Hamlet – show us your pecs’.
Sex appeal is more subtle than that. Helen Mirren in her youth disrobed quite a bit and was much admired (and lusted after) by fans but she was not objectified like Aidan whose name now automatically inspires a Sid James-type phwoarrr. For all those men who don’t feel they will ever be fit enough to uncover I share this quote by Adam Hargreaves, from the Mr Men book, Mr Lazy’s Guide to Fitness. “Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter.”
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