The only surprising thing about this new tumblr, of ‘Military Hunks’, is the fact it didn’t exist before. Soldiers have been showing how they love to show off on the internet for a while now, especially in spoof youtube videos of famous pop songs. The photo above demonstrates the military lads’ self awareness – as the sexy soldier strikes a Patrick Bateman pose – a metrosexual icon to end all metrosexual icons.
‘The ever-excellent Sword blog (NSFW) notes that the mere posting of these images reflects the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ‘. http://lawandsexuality.blogspot.com/2011/11/military-hunks.html
I am not so sure. As I said, military men have been engaging in metrosexual displays online for a few years now, and though there is some link between ‘homosexuality’ and ‘metrosexuality’ the main thing they have in common is narcissism. Men love to be ‘tarty’ these days, no matter what their sexual orientation is, and nothing is going to stop them.
Chris Ashford says:
‘I’ve posted just a handful of the (safe!) captivating images. The full picture collection can be viewed (including the full nudes) here. I strongly recommend this wonderful collection. I hope someone has the vision to turn it into a book!’
But again I am not so sure. Books are a little bit passe for the tumblr generation, who love to update their tarty images of themselves regularly. Maybe there will be a FaceBook Military Hunks page, but an old-fashioned coffee-table book? I doubt it.
One person who certainly won’t be surprised by the Military Hunks tumblr is Mark Simpson, who has been following metrosexual military lads and their ‘desire to be desired’, especially on youtube, for a while now. Commenting on one of the more recent youtube videos he wrote:
‘you have to give his less physically gifted comrades full marks for the way these trained killers really want to be ‘drop dead’ gorgeous. At least for the duration of a Britney pop song about a woman who loves to look. And make a mockery of the ‘male gaze’ — along with the notion that men, particularly fighting men, are always active, never passive.
Like hundreds of other soldiers prancing around in Youtube clips it’s done for a laugh and a giggle — but it also seems to be seriously saying something about young men today. Even the ones expected to kill for us.’
Simpson also brought to our attention recently the fact that soldiers are now concerned with eyebrow grooming as much as they are with winning wars. As a Gawker article on the subject said:
‘it’s little wonder that our nation’s fighting forces are now more concerned with eyebrow grooming than with removing the digits of enemy soldiers to bring home as souvenirs. Is America’s metrosexual Army going to be able to endure the harsh skin-drying effects of the Middle Eastern climate?’
Soldiers are bound to be at the forefront of men’s metrosexual movement – they have plenty of time on their hands for self-love, and are surrounded by pretty buff mirror images of themselves. Military Hunks tumblr is just the tip of a very tarty iceberg.