I just read an interview with Michael Fassbender questioning why he is considered a “sex symbol”. The article is here. He implies that he is considered a sex symbol because he has a penis. Really?
To me, someone who is a “sex symbol” is someone who attracts attention not just because he has a penis, or she has boobs and a vagina. There is so much more to being massively perceived as attractive! In my opinion.
OK, I’m certainly not an expert on what attracts heterosexual males to women. Maybe all they need is a pretty face and big boobs. But as an heterosexual female, it takes more than the possession of a penis to attract me to a man!!
I find Michael Fassbinder attractive not just for his physical attributes, but for his talent as an actor. If he wasn’t capable of portraying different characters with such deep intensity I’m sure I wouldn’t care about him one way or another.
The same goes for my current obsession, Richard Armitage. If he wasn’t an intense actor and a lovely, caring person and a Tolkien geek and a dork (:D) I don’t think I would be as obsessed with him as I am. I think that he’s attractive, but the fact that he has a penis isn’t the main event.
So why do men seem to fight the description of “sex symbol”? Richard Armitage is on record for laughing at the idea as hysterical. In an interview he implies that he is so far from being a sexual god that it is a hysterical thought. Well, honey, guess what. Being considered a sex symbol has NOTHING to do with your personal sexual activity or capabilities!! LOL!!
Men are attractive to women because they project an image that is not only physically attractive but are either warm and caring or (to some) intensely dominant and sexual. Or both. 😀
Richard Armitage, to me, projects both a physically attractive image, but also a personality that is warm and caring, intelligent and serious, and funny and self-deprecating. He also is a talented actor. In spades!! To me, he’s an extra-specially attractive man. Did I mention anything about his sexual preferences or his personal relationships? NO! They have nothing to do with his attraction as a person, as an actor, or as celebrity. Just saying.
I am really tired of male celebrities denying their status as “sex symbols”. Be happy! Say Thank You! There’s nothing to be embarrassed about!! We love men who are sexy. There aren’t enough of them around. 😀
Michael Fassbender, Richard Armitage, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, WAKE UP! We love you all! You bring a respite to our ordinary, humdrum lives. We love looking at pictures of you and reading about your exploits, interviews, and new projects. Congratulations! You are SEX SYMBOLS!! 😀