OK, so maybe "revelation" is a bit of a strong word. More of a "huh" would probably be accurate.
Anyway, I was looking at the Publisher's Weekly blog post that Marcher Lord Press shared, where PW gave a little press to Kerry Nietz's new release Amish Vampires in Space. Now, I'm glad for any press Kerry is getting--it can only help his visibility, and even if people are mocking (which PW wasn't) it generates traffic. Good for him!
The three covers in the article (yeah, you should probably go look at it if you haven't yet) that weren't Kerry's book featured bare-chested men, as is to be expected with romance. But on two of the covers, the models were positioned in such a way as to cut their faces out of the composition. Women whine constantly about being objectified in video and still photography. Um--hello? Not just naked men, but faceless naked men splashed on the covers of the only genre I think a person can write in and make a steady living--how is this not objectifying men? At least women in photography tend to retain their "come hither" smolder, where as guys...no, they're just a set of highly-waxed-and-greased pecs and abs. More and more, it seems the reduction of people to body parts goes both ways.
Thank goodness Kerry's girl in the bonnet gets to be compelling for reasons other than the shedding of clothing. Campy is one thing. Trashy is another. And for the record, I understand Kerry's book is neither. I look forward to a chance to check it out.