Magazine article Newsweek

Going for Some Beefcake Gold

Magazine article Newsweek

Going for Some Beefcake Gold

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THEY CALL HIM "SEXY ALEKSEI." THEY DO NOW, ANYWAY, after last week's gymnastics exhibition, when Russian Aleksei Nemov bared his buff chest to squeals of delight from the Georgia Dome. "10!" raved NBC commentator Elfi Schlegel, while millions of TV viewers thrilled to this arousing spectacle in the privacy of their own homes. Debbie O'Leary, a 32-year-old divorced single mom in Bloomington, Ind., was so awed she posted a paean to Nemov on the Internet: "When he peeled down the top of his suit and mounted that pommel horse ... AAAAAHHHHHH! I've never seen anything like that before, and I want to see it again! Why didn't I tape it???!!!!"

Millions of women across America may be asking themselves the same thing. And not just about the Sexy Slav. After his U.S. relay team won the semifinal on Friday, Jon Drummond ripped off his shirt and flexed for the crowd, leading Bob Costas to wonder if the runner had confused the Olympics with a Mr. America contest. And NBC cameras couldn't get enough of the little tattoo suggestively located just above swimmer Tom Dolan's Speedo line. "The camera kept zooming in on him adjusting his tiny Spandex bathing suit and those tattoos," says Michael Lafavore, a magazine editor who was watching that night with his wife and another couple. "It drove the women wild." Lafavore is the executive editor of Men's Health, a monthly that devotes endless articles to "killer abs" and "powerful legs."

Men are sex objects, as Calvin Klein's underwear ads regularly remind us. The shameless ogling of the male form at the Centennial Studmuffin Olympiad is the final proof that women have permission to talk dirty about men in a way that men are no longer allowed to reciprocate. …

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