[WARNING: On most days, I try to imbue this blog with (moderately) intelligent insights and (sort of) insightful commentary about our pop culture world . . . This is NOT ONE OF THOSE DAYS! Today is all about objectifying male television stars, and objectifying them HARD! So if you happen to be looking for intelligent insights or insightful commentary, you might want to head on over to CNN.com or MSNBC.com -- because you won't find any HERE!]
Are they gone yet? Good! Now that we’ve ditched the “mature and responsible adults,” and it’s just us girls, let’s TALK. Let’s talk about abs of steel, arms of bronze, and skin of silk! Let’s talk about shoulder blades, belly buttons, backs, butts, and happy trails — all of it, just barely concealed by tight jeans, strategically placed foliage, soap bubbles, or flimsy peak-a-boo towels! Ladies, here’s your chance to objectify men, the way they’ve objectified YOU for centuries!
So, without further adieu, let’s put on our Pink Hard Hats, and DO THIS THING!
When it comes to watching TV, us ladies are LUCKY! Because, while the FCC simply will NOT allow the exhibition of topless women on prime time television, it has NO TROUBLE AT ALL showing shirtless men! Out of the countless bodies of work on the “boob-less tube” today, here are just ten of my favorites (in no particular order).
1) Lost’s Shirtless Sawyer (a.k.a Josh Holloway)
When Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on an uncharted island back in 2004, the male survivors immediately instituted a “clothing optional” policy. And BOY are we glad they did! Snarky, nickname-giving, weapon collecting, bookworm, James Ford, a.k.a Sawyer, is definitely one of those guys who, most of the time, can’t be bothered with such daily inconveniences as putting on a shirt. So whether he is building a raft to get off the island (which I guess is what he is pictured doing above ), engaging in hot bear cage sex with a fellow castaway . . .
. . . or randomly taking a shower, while still wearing his jeans . . .
. . . chances are Sawyer’s going to let you see his belly button, while he’s doing it. And if that’s not a charitable contribution to society, I don’t know what IS!
2) True Blood’s Shirtless Jason Stackhouse (a.k.a. Ryan Kwanten)
While there aren’t very many characters on television who are shirtless MORE than Sawyer on Lost. True Blood’s Jason Stackhouse definitely has the distinction of being one of the few. This self-proclaimed male slut may not be the sharpest “tool” in the shed, but I certainly wouldn’t kick him out of my bed. In fact, I’d probably handcuff him to it, so that he couldn’t leave!
Fans of the show will undoubtedly remember Jason Stackhouse’s “fine form,” as it was displayed during the outdoor, Shirts v. Skins, Football Game he played at “Cult Camp” for the Fellowship of the Sun, during Season 2.
And, of course, who could forget the “Sexy Dance” Jason performed for Lafayette back in Season 1, when he was hooked on Vampire Blood?
Shirtless AND pantless! It doesn’t get much better than this, ladies!
3) The Vampire Diaries’ Shirtless Stefan Salvatore (a.k.a. Paul Wesley)
Speaking of television characters hooked on Human Vampire Blood, here’s another one who isn’t a big fan of “the shirts.” This broody vampire, with arms like tree trunks, and pects like a Greek God, generously regales us with his Body of Goodness each week on The Vampire Diaries. Whether he’s doing chin ups to fend off blood cravings, dangling from a ceiling, while being tortured by a crazed team of rebel vamps, or gallantly retrieving a post-coital glass of water for his human girlfriend . . .
. . . Stefan Salvatore tends to do it sans-shirt. And thank Heaven for that!
4) Glee’s Shirtless Noah “Puck” Puckerman (a.k.a. Mark Salling)
Why didn’t any of my classmates look like this when I was in high school? (Probably because they weren’t played by 27-year old actors with a team of personal trainers at their fingertips . . .) This MILF seducing . . .
. . . Mohawk wearing, Sweet Caroline singing, triple-sport playing bad boy, has a body to DIE FOR! And he’s not afraid to show it off. I can watch this ONE walk around, wearing nothing but a towel for HOURS! You know what? I think I will!
5) True Blood’s Shirtless Eric Northman (a.k.a. Alexander Skarsgard)
No wonder True Blood‘s Eric Northman has an entire CALENDAR MONTH dedicated to him! He’s an extremely well-preserved, centuries old, insanely tall Viking Vampire with a voice like silk, and a penchant for all things bloody. Did I mention he enjoys taking baths?
Can you really blame Sookie Stackhouse for having sexual dreams about this vamp, even though she is currently involved in another relationship?
6) Supernatural’s Shirtless Sam Winchester (a.k.a. Jared Padalecki)
OK. I’ll admit that I don’t actually watch this CW show, about two hot demon hunting brothers, one of whom is sometimes possessed. It just seems too scary for me. (This, coming from a girl who reads and writes books about vampires and hot warlocks, and who watches countless hours of Vampire Television . . . Crazy, I know!) However, when I was “doing research” for this blog entry, I found this . . .
AND THIS (also featuring a shirtless Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester) . . .
. . . and figured I might just have to START watching, after all!
7) Grey’s Anatomy’s Shirtless Alex Karev (a.k.a. Justin Chambers)
This Hot (sometimes D-baggy) Doc, with a tortured past, and a sweet side to boot, looks just as good with his scrubs ON as OFF (We prefer them OFF, of course). For a busy medical professional, Alex Karev gets LAID A LOT! And for that, we are thankful, because it gives us an opportunity to see him like this . . .
Can you believe that the actor who plays this strapping male specimen is father to FIVE KIDS?
8 ) The Vampire Diaries’ Shirtless Damon Salvatore (a.k.a. Ian Somerhalder)
Clearly, the fictional vampiric Salvatore brothers both possess the gene for AMAZING abs! Damon, the older, wiser, and snarkier Salvatore, KNOWS he’s hot. And while occasionally completely shirtless, Damon, unlike his brother, tends to prefer the “open shirt” look . . .
. . . which leaves a bit more to the imagination, but can be just as sexy. Did I mention our boy can DANCE?
(Yeah, they won’t let me embed this video. Poopyheads! But click the link and WATCH IT! I promise you WILL NOT be disappointed . . .)
9) Smallville’s Shirtless Clark Kent / Superman (a.k.a. Tom Welling)
Undoubtedly, if you are being cast in a teen drama about the origins of the Man of Steel, having a hot bod is a prerequisite. Tom Welling delivers FOR SURE! Kansas farm boy, Clark Kent, may spend a significant amount of time fighting crime and leaping tall buildings in a single bound, but he’s also hauled a lot of bales of hay in his day. And that’s really paid off for him in the chest department, if you know what I mean . . .
10) Lost’s Shirtless Desmond Hume (a.k.a Henry Ian Cusick)
Since we started with a Lostie, I figured another Lostie would be a good place to end. This romantic, time,traveling Scotsman, who calls everyone “Brotha,” spent years underground, doing nothing put punching numbers into an aging computer and working out. And it shows! Aside from being super cut, Our Man Desmond is not afraid to get a little dirty. And anyone whose watched Lost knows that a dirty naked body is usually a HOT naked body.
Perhaps the reason Desmond is always looking so fit, is that, based on the pictures paparazzi have of him, the actor who plays Desmond does nothing but run ALL THE TIME! (Check Google Images, if you don’t believe me!)
Well, there you have it ladies! Ten hot TV men, all of them at least HALF nude! Your welcome. Now I’m off to take a cold shower! Until next time . . .