That’s enough of the pecs Poldark

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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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