Reading Ashton Kutcher’s mini-rant about the failures of sex education to cover anything other than pregnancy and you-will-die diseases I’ve been thinking about other smart guys and the smart things they’ve been saying this past year. Doesn’t hurt that they look like this, does it?

Ashton Kutcher

“In the sex education process in schools, the one thing they teach about is how to get pregnant or how to not get pregnant, but they don’t really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women. The male orgasm is actually right there and readily available to learn about because it’s actually part of the reproductive cycle, but the female orgasm isn’t really talked about in the education system. Part of that creates a place where women aren’t empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves” Interview about No Strings Attached.

Matt Damon

“I think what’s important for kids to know is that your decisions here on earth matter, your behavior matters, and how you treat other people matters. It matters here and I’m hoping that it matters in the afterlife, too. It just comes down to accountability for your own behavior that’s important. So whenever I talk to my own kids or whenever they ask, I try and put the hereafter in kind of an ethical framework. If I had a bucket list, I’d say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be number one.” Parade

Ryan Gosling

You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario, which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. Statement regarding rating of Blue Valentine.

Scott Fujita

I think for me it was a cause [gay marriage] that I truly believe in. By in large in this country the issue of gay rights and equality should be past the point of debate. Really, there should be no debate anymore. For me, in my small platform as a professional football player, I understand that my time in the spotlight is probably limited. The more times you have to lend your name to a cause you believe in, you should do that. Huffington Post interview.


Filed under Gender, Hollywood, Media, Sex

7 responses to “Dreamboats

  1. Chuck

    Mmmmmm….I know this excessive crankiness….but as an over-the-hill (maybe) un-hunky guy, I’m not sure if I should feel good or be pissed when we give extra-credit to men– who just happen to be extraordinarily talented, good-looking, and rich– manage to say something intelligent. I get it, but doesn’t it seem a little out-of-whack?
    How would it go down if a guy expressed wonderment when a few beauitiful, famous, rich actresses expressed what the other women I know (you included) do a hundred times every day, ie, show that they are smart, sensitive, and self-aware?

    • Fair point, “Chuck”! It’s less the fact that they are saying smart things in general, and more that the smart things are about feminism, gender relations and progressive politics. It’s that they are talking about things that are both typically not really discussed by men (at least, not in public), especially by famous men who make a living on being macho and buff. Nonetheless, you are correct that their hunky good looks are completely irrelevant to the conversation…

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