Friday 24 May 2019

Women vent their spleen as Aidan bares his chest

Topless Aidan Turner in Poldark
Topless Aidan Turner in Poldark

Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman has added her voice to a debate about whether admiring a man for his appearance is a double standard.

A photo of Aidan Turner going shirtless for the new series of Poldark has been widely discussed on social media.

A debate was sparked when many asked if it is fair to sensationalise a male body if women find it offensive when the tables are turned.

Newman tweeted a picture of a pile of newspapers featuring Dubliner Turner's bare torso, and wrote: "If we women object to being ogled, how is this any different?"


Feminist and journalist Caroline Criado Perez responded: "It's not a double standard because no one is saying men can't find women attractive.

"We're just saying allow us to be more than our tits and ass. This is misleading framing."

Newman replied: "But is Aidan Turner being allowed to be more than his bare-chested romping? I'm asking the question - I'm not sure what I think... yet."

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan tweeted: "'I'm outraged, disgusted and offended by this sexual objectification of Poldark' - said no man ever."

The debate comes days after broadcaster Mariella Frostrup commented on the "double standard" of women comment ing on a man's body when a man would not be allowed to do the same without reproach.

She admitted the opening scene of the new series - in which Turner appears shirtless - is the main cause for her excitement at the drama's return.

She added that "we live in confusing times" and she is "the first to admit to double standards".

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