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Rory Williams: And now you're taking your clothes off! Amy, he's taking his clothes off.
The Doctor: Turn your back if it embarrasses you.
Rory Williams: Are you stealing clothes now? Those clothes belong to people, you know!
[Rory turns around]
Rory: Are you not going to turn your back?
Amy: Nope.

Rose Tyler: Get out of him!
Cassandra: [in the Doctor's body] Ooh, he's slim — and a little bit foxy. [edges closer to Rose, grinning] You thought so, too. I've been inside your head. You've been looking... you like it.

[Takatoshi struggles to let out a sneeze but promptly fails]
Takatoshi: Don't you hate it when you want to let it out, but can't?
[camera pans over to Takatoshi's crotch]
Shino: Oh...?
Takatoshi: Up here.

Carole Singer: Hey you know, that guy's kinda cute. He's got gorgeous eyes and a nice smile. Pretty intelligent too.
Jennie Cooper: Yeah, and how about those buns?
Where the Boys Are '84

"If I could sit there and behind a one way mirror and watch and knew no one was watching.....!!!!!! I love looking at men's chest muscles when they have their shirts off, especially if they have a little glow...of course you can't stare and embarrass yourself or anyone else no matter how much you would like to."
Rolle2323 when asked, "Girls, do you ever stop to watch guys work out when they have their shirts off just to look at their muscles and sweat?" on Experience Project

"In fact, I would argue with Owen Gleiberman that the movie series is not a return to the male gaze; it is a very strong assertion of the female gaze. Look, you saw New Moon, and if you didn't, I'll catch you up: Bella spends 80% of the movie in three layers of shirt and a parka, while the camera lovingly watches Edward jaaaaames deaaaaan across the parking lot in indie-rock slo-mo, and Jacob administers shirtless first aid with the finesse of a Chippendale. In Eclipse, the Jacob fan service is so prevalent that a character actually asks, "Doesn't he own a shirt?" (This is immediately followed by competitive embracing, which sounds like it ought to be added to the next Olympics.) The not-sex scene (which is just before the "I would be courting you" part that I'm trying to get back around to) focuses almost entirely on the unbuttoning of Edward's shirt. These are movies that understand that their primary audience does not need or want to see Bella's goods, and they know exactly what their audience is there to see—they're there to see the same things Bella wants to see. That's the female gaze in action."
Cleolinda Jones explaining this trope as it applies to The Twilight Saga

Movieline: Here's a hypothetical sex question: You've just experienced an incredible evening of lovemaking. You wake up, roll over — what do you see on the floor?
Dana Delany: There's something about white Jockeys that's so male and gross about them. There's something dirty-sexy about them. And if there's stains on them, that's better. They're such boy things. To me the coolest thing about having a boyfriend is that you can just stare at his naked body and not have to look away out of politeness. I find the male form so fascinating.
Movieline: What's your favorite male body part?
Dana Delany: I have a few. I like that dent here [indicating pelvic bone], that V. And I love butts. There's nothing better than a good butt.

"I like butts. Men's beautiful behinds. You know what I like to do to gorgeous butts? I like to squeeze them, pinch them and caress them."
Mistress Lisa, Exit to Eden

The Nostalgia Critic: Oh my god, it's David Bowie from Labyrinth.
8-Bit Mickey: Does that mean he's got the...
[The camera pans down to reveal that JewWario did replicate the Gag Penis. All the men express disgust whereas MarzGurl, The Nostalgia Chick, and Obscurus Lupa look delighted.]

"Breathe, Lauren, breathe. Tear your mind’s eye from his chiseled abs and broad chest. You have to stop imagining it. Oh, but it’s so good. So… so very… l-let your eyes drift down to…"

"Let's face it, the interest of a woman in viewing a naked man's attributes is a form of compliment to the man not an attack. Nor is there any damage or harm that can come of it, provided the woman is professional in her reporting, which all have been. Women do not ogle the way men do, and if while in the locker rooms a female reporter, press agent or camera woman is found to be viewing a naked male below the waist, it should be met with acceptance and understanding and not impede her ability to continue to be there nor to conduct her duties as a journalist. Women sportswriters in these situations should be able to glance at the genitals and butts of without fear they will be accused of being sex fiends."

"Those UPS guys have amazing asses!"

"...The best erotic poetry on male beauty, of course, talks about stallions with rippling muscle and firm calves and large balls, with the poet as a mixture of huntress, tamer and admirer all at once. There's other stuff in terminology like 'halcyon marriage', originating from female halcyons (kingfishers) wearing the "swordbelts" in their plumage next to their effete mates, as an allusion to a union where the militant mate has the deference of their spouse."
— Commenter Shinjo on sexual imagery in the matriarchal Realm

"The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up."

"I superlove how on this show, as all teen dramas on The CW and ABC Family, makeouts invariably mean the dude takes off his shirt while the girl remains almost entirely covered up. They know their target audience, and they respect us."
Online review of the Reign episode "Tempting Fate"

"I thoroughly enjoy seeing a beautifully proportioned nude male. So did Michelangelo and Rodin. But if the male is blubbery, he should keep his beer barrel to himself and not be a portly polluter."
June Lockhart

"Men in the Midwest don't dress in a way to show off their bodies. You see them running around in suits, and that's the pits for buns watching."
Christie Jenkins

"She handed over the two clips to a blushing Ikari Shinji. Her eyes followed his behind as he walked towards the firing point."
HERZ, Chapter 3

Danny Noonan: Guess I'm a little overdressed.
Lacey Underall: Depends on what's underneath.

Steve Uyehara: Were there no shirts around? What's going on with that?
Ramsey Wharton: Who needs shirts?

"You're not wearing the underwear I bought you." she said. "You must not like it."
Shade rubbed his face with a towel.
"See a beach?" he asked. "Where's the sand?"
"They're bikini briefs." Nicole said. "That just means sexy underwear."
"I thought naked was sexy."
"Well it is. But sexy comes in stages."
Daniel Woodrell, The Bayou Trilogy


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