Examination of muscularity and body fat depictions in magazines that target heterosexual and gay men

Nicholas Lanzieri, Brian J. Cook

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    Previous content analyses of magazine images have typically examined within genres but failed to include comparisons between publications intended for various populations. The purpose of this study was to examine depictions of muscularity and thinness of male images in several widely distributed magazines that target male audiences from a variety of genres. Twenty-three magazine titles with the highest circulation rates that targeted heterosexual men, gay men, and general audiences were selected for image analyses. We found that magazines that target gay male audiences depicted images of men who were thinner in comparison to magazines targeting heterosexual men. Both gay and heterosexual magazines depicted male images with greater muscularity than magazines intended for general audiences. Differences in male image depictions in magazines may contribute to the promotion of an unattainable body ideal in some subgroups of gay culture.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)251-254
    Number of pages4
    JournalBody Image
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

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    Keywords

    • Body dissatisfaction
    • Gay
    • Magazines
    • Muscularity
    • Sociocultural cues
    • Thinness

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Applied Psychology
    • Psychology(all)

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    Examination of muscularity and body fat depictions in magazines that target heterosexual and gay men. / Lanzieri, Nicholas; Cook, Brian J.

    In: Body Image, Vol. 10, No. 2, 01.03.2013, p. 251-254.

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    Lanzieri, Nicholas ; Cook, Brian J. / Examination of muscularity and body fat depictions in magazines that target heterosexual and gay men. In: Body Image. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 251-254.
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