This is a double standard that must be corrected
The first feature film was released in 1906 which means that Americans have been enjoying movies in the theater for over 100 years. In that time, the film industry has grown from a fledgling luxury technology to a part of everyday life. Even in the those early days of filmmaking, people knew that asking the actresses to take some clothes off would help sell tickets, but men weren’t as called upon to shed their threads.
Even now, when a film or TV show has full-frontal, you can almost guarantee that it’s a woman who will be baring it all while her male counterpart will be strategically hidden from the eye of the camera. But why? It turns out that there are more than a few reasons that men don’t strip down on camera very often… but not all of them are good…
Many people have argued that there isn’t quite as much female nudity in films since the breasts aren’t genitals. Men are free to bare their chest all the time without a second glance, but women are told to cover up all the time since it’s indecent.
Because of this double standard, men are probably showing off their chest area more than women in the movies.
Money, Money, Money
The adult film industry wouldn’t such a huge moneymaker if men weren’t so intent on gazing at naked women. If there’s a chance to catch that hot actress in the buff in her new movie, he’s going to buy a ticket to see it.
Female moviegoers are less interested in nudity in general, so their feelings about female nudity are less concerning.
Pleasing to the Eye
Let’s face it: women’s bodies are just more pleasurable to look at for both men and women. As Elaine Benes said to her friend Jerry on Seinfeld, “Well, the female body is a… work of art. The male body is utilitarian, it’s for gettin’ around, like a Jeep.”