Its avowed intention was "to advance women's reclamation of their capacity for and right to visual pleasure". It is a study of the youthful male face and form, from antiquity to the present day, from paintings and drawings to statuary and photographs.
The book contains some pictures of boys through the ages, and is a history of boys in art. Greer has described the book as "full of pictures of 'ravishing' pre-adult boys with hairless chests, wide-apart legs and slim waists". She goes on to say that, "I know that the only people who are supposed to like looking at pictures of boys are a subgroup of gay men," she wrote in London's Daily Telegraph.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved She wouldn't say exactly how young the "boys" are in her book but has cheerily admitted it will "get me into a lot of trouble" and expects she will be called a pedophile. The knee-jerk response to an older woman writing of her appreciation of semi-naked boys has elicited accusations of pedophilia.
The delayed response should be a more mild questioning of why a woman who has passionately railed against the exploitation of the female body has identified the reversal of the gender roles in this same scenario of objectification as feminist. ABC TV. Andrew Denton: There are those who say — have already said in print — that what you're doing is creepy. It's no different to an old man staring at a young girl and lusting after them. What are you going to do — tell old men that they must be blindfold or something?
I don't think that's particularly creepy as long as they understand that they're not…they have no right to lay hands on that person. But you can't stop them. How could you? I mean, the luminous figure of a beautiful young girl walking down the street and the old men sitting on the wall, leaning on their sticks.
What are you going to say? It's part of the joy of life is admiring the beauty of things that are beautiful. What is important to me about the Boy is that once upon a time his beauty was understood and celebrated by people of both sexes.
A boy was allowed to dress in very bright colours, he was allowed to show himself off in the street, he dyed his hair, he wore make-up, he wore a little cap tipped over his eye with a big feather in, he wore tight pants and cropped jackets and so on. And the girls looked down from behind their jalousie and talked about the best-looking boys. Categories : Art history books non-fiction books Books by Germaine Greer English-language books Literature controversies. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Languages Italiano Edit links.