Skip Nav
The Bride in This Beauty and the Beast Shoot Wore Disney's Official Belle Gown!
Wedding Decor
15 Cute Products For the Unicorn Wedding of Your Dreams
Women's Health
20 Things You Never Knew About Boobs

Paul Ryan Time Magazine Photos

The Objectification of Paul Ryan?

We're happy to present this story from one of our favorite sites, The Good Men Project. Today, Charles Emrich talks about what keeps us from discussing the relationship with our partner.

So . . . Time Magazine chose to release “beefcake” photos of Paul Ryan yesterday, the day of the Vice Presidential debate. Photos that they took last year for the “Man of the Year” campaign.

The photos — which caused me to somehow laugh, shake my head, turn red with embarrassment, and clap all at once —are super weird. Paul Ryan on a weigh bench doing curls (Elspeth Reeve from Atlantic Wire explains that they are “what high school gym coaches nationwide call ‘curls for girls,’ bicep curls that make your arms beefy for the ladies but don’t really make you stronger or better at sports.”) and staring into the camera in a way that makes me want to cover my face with my hands and run away.

My Girlfriend Blacked Out, Then Dumped Me

It’s not Ryan’s fault. No doubt that in December of 2011 the guy wasn’t thinking ahead to his run for Vice President and how that goofy stare into the camera would make him seem . . . well . . . goofy. And I don’t think it matters much whether you’re planning to vote Romney or Obama, this feels like a low-blow at a crucial point in the campaign.


I think we need to take a moment here and recognize that as hunky as his biceps may appear in these shots, Ryan is not being overtly sexualized. This series of beefcake photos is embarrassing only in its complete lack of seriousness. We still haven’t seen the elusive (and, at this point, alleged) Paul Ryan six-pack yet, and I maintain that I don’t want to see it. If I want to hate on Paul Ryan, I’d rather do it for his political strategies, fiscal policy, or anything else that actually matters.
I want to see the women and men who are best for their jobs elected in 2012. The ones whom America thinks represent the people best. And I hope we can move past these goofy high school-mentality media pranks and hear what Biden and Ryan have to say about the things that truly matter to the American people.

What do you think of Beefcake Ryan and his “Curls for Girls”? Do you think it was a mistake for him to pose for them in the first place, or is the fault planted firmly with Time Magazine for choosing to publish them today?

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Republican Tells Paul Ryan Obamacare Saved His Life
Democratic Intern Selfie 2016
How Much Is Paul Ryan Worth?
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on Abortion
Watch the Presidential Debates Live
Paul Ryan's Wife Janna Little Ryan
Paul Ryan on Abortion and Birth Control

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds