Got your attention?  Good.

I’m not being serious with that headline, but hopefully, you find it fairly disturbing.  After all, Dakota Fanning, who stars in New Moon, is just 15 years old.  Obviously, no one in the media world would want to write anything suggestive about an underage female starlet- that would just be sick. But with New Moon coming out this Friday, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend and egregious double-standard surrounding Taylor Lautner, the 17 year old actor who plays Jacob in the Twilight films.  Apparently, objectifying underage males is okay…

A few years ago, someone set up a website to countdown how long it would be until the Olsen twins were finally legal.  It featured tons of photographs, statements about how hot they were, and speculation as to whether or not they would take nude photographs once their 18th birthday rolled around.  People were disgusted.  A similar website appeared when Emma Watson, star of the Harry Potter films, was 17 years old, and the media vigorously attacked its creator and visitors.  These small websites were torn apart by the popular media, which labeled them as screwed-up and perverted.  However, I think it’s about time that someone gave the popular media a similar rebuke.

Taylor Lautner is 17 years old!  Do you hear that?  Not 18!  Not a legal adult! He was just 16 when Twilight debuted, and for the past year, he has been consistently objectified by the media, and no one has stepped in to say that this is wrong!  Seriously, for months, there have been reports about Taylor’s abs, Taylor’s biceps, and his shirtless scenes in New Moon. A simple search on GoogleNews reveal results (like this, this, this, or this) that call Taylor “beefy,” “hunky,” and “sexy,” and this has been going on all year!  Honestly, if any reporter wrote about Selena Gomez’s boobs, or Demi Lovato’s ass, they would be demolished by critics immediately.  So why is it okay to talk about Taylor Lautner as a sexual object?

Because he is a male.  Entertainment media is dominated by females, and there is a glaring double standard in the way that men and women are allowed to talk about the opposite sex.  Apparently, where men’s sexual thoughts about young women are considered perverted, women’s lusty thoughts about young men are more than welcome.  Indeed, women (and gay men) can objectify men and not be criticized- it’s just snarky when they do it.  This is not alright, and I hope it bothers someone else other than me.  If morality is going to be imposed upon heterosexual male writers, then it should be equally put upon everyone else as well.



  1. Tipping_Over Says:

    That's a bit of a stretch, Grady. Like it or not, females are the sex that is less dominant. That's not how it should be, but it is. People see them as needing more protection. And, when it comes to mid-teens, they do. Objectifying Taylor Lautner is okay for news groups because he is reveling in it. No one forced him to play this part. No one made him gain fifty pounds of muscle. But he did anyway. He is being labeled as a sex object because that is how he is labeling himself.And, quite frankly, Britney and Christina did the same thing when they came on the scene as underaged, and critics roared about their sexuality. So take a chill pill.

  2. mike Says:

    he is 18 this feb, so thats barely JB…its funny that you're bringing this up. we were just talking about how taylor swift is basically a pedophile

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This has everything and nothing to do with the topic at hand:Grady, would I be a pervert if I called you beefy, hunky, and sexy?

  4. Rohan B Says:

    I never thought about this, but you're right…I guess it's because most sexual predators tend to be heterosexual older men.But you make good points Grady.

  5. Brandon Says:

    Anonymous lol!!!I think you are comparing things that are not entirely similar. Secondly, Taylor isn't asking to be objectified, but he's also not discouraging it. (And Summit doesn't want him to discourage it, I'm sure.)If you *really* were to parallel the aforementioned situations to Lautner, some girls would have to start a website counting down til he's legal… Which… I'm sure a lot of people want him to be.But talking about his abs and stuff is also a way to enculturate the male standard–muscular, athletic, talented… whatever. One blogger wrote, "what has happened to masculinity? We used to have Arnold, and now we think Ryan Reynolds is masculine?"Maybe there is an subconscious goal to give the majority of young adult men a hard time for not hitting the gym like 17-year-old Taylor… you know?

  6. Grady Smith Says:

    @Anonymous: I'm not even going to go there….

  7. Reed Arnold Says:

    Hmmm… an interesting observation."Anonymous" has picked out the words most anyone would use to describe, Grady, however. Revel in it, my friend!

  8. Reed Arnold Says:

    By the way, I almost fainted when I read that headline. So confused.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Trufax, dude. Grady is legit all of those things. I usually have to watch the TBOJ video posts twice because I didn't hear a word of it the first time around (too busy drooling).THIS IS THE SOUND OF ME INFLATING YOUR EGO.

  10. Grady Smith Says:

    Alright, alright! I'm slightly flattered, and slightly creeped out! At least I'm not underage!

  11. Reed Arnold Says:

    Last night on the Jay Leno show, some Twilight fanatic asked him to sign her panties. Awesome.

  12. Reed Arnold Says:

    Please see: Why Twilight and (some of) its fans are retarded…

  13. Grady Smith Says:

    LINK: http://blog.theboxofficejunkie.com/2009/07/why-twilight-and-some-of-its-fans-are.html

  14. Krystal Says:

    Good article Grady. There are lots of double standards. No one should be objectified, whether female or male. Everyone should be treated with respect. Of course that's an ideal world. But we can always hope for the best.

  15. Reed Arnold Says:

    Scary question: How much has traffic upkicked since you made this article with that title?

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