Beefcakes

In The Fifties and Sixties photography of the female physique was quite popular. At the same time the culture of the era dictated that women were not considered to be interested in the male physique, so the ‘beefcakes’ as a parallel to the ‘cheesecakes’ were made to entice gay men more than women. One also has to take in account that photography was a typical male thing at the time so there were very few female photographers around. The ones who did in fact produce male nudes were only recognized by the end of the 20th century.


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