While the pathway for discovering and consuming female nudity was ingrained in the adolescent male experience, girls had no such network for viewing sexy images. When we did see them, we were positioned to think about ourselves in front of the camera, not behind it; when we watched porn, men watched us.
…I have now advanced to watching porn all by myself—but when it comes to penis appreciation, I feel like I was never really given a fair shake. I grew up in a world where I was repeatedly told that those types of images were not for me, and where male nudity was framed in the context of male assault as much as it was female desire.
–Amanda Hess, “Naked men! Ew! Weird! Gross”
This point is particularly underscored by one of the comments in the orginal post. A, presumably gay, man notes the strangeness of the split that he finds the image of a naked man attractive, while many straight women will attest otherwise.
Hess’s observation from when she started college is also interesting.
I ended up seeing more penises without my consent—a man exposing himself on the Metro; a dude masturbating in broad daylight in the middle of the sidewalk—than I did by choice.