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What is Beefcake

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Beefcake is a slang word for erotic images or realistic, usually shirtless photos of any well-muscled, well-built man, in a word play on 'cheesecake', used since 1934 of images of sexy young women.

Beefcake is often used to denote male sexual attractiveness stemming from physical build, but is also used by women and men interested in bodybuilding and weight training, while others consider unnaturally overdevelopped musculature unattractive. While in spectator combat disciplines many fighters choose to make their entry (or even fight if no uniform is prescribed) in elaborate costumes that sometimes practically hide them, others simply display their natural physique.

Beefcake poses by male actors were used far less frequently than cheesecake layouts of actresses, nevertheless as early as the 1920s photographs were taken of such stars as Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Novarro to highlight their physical appeal. Male physique shots of famous stars were even less frequent during the early talking picture era outside of stars of jungle films like Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) and Buster Crabbe. The 1940s saw a rise in shirtless shots of such handsome stars as Tyrone Power, Guy Madison, and Sterling Hayden and in the 1950's movie magazines began running swimsuit shots of actors such as Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Tab Hunter, Jeff Chandler, Robert Conrad and Robert Wagner almost as frequently as it would of actresses. Also during this period came the rise of bodybuilding magazines, which continue to be popular to the present day, as well as musclemen movie stars like Steve Reeves who were often barely dressed in their action/adventure films.

The 1970s proved a golden age for beefcake with the debut of Playgirl magazine and its completely nude pictorials of men, Cosmopolitan magazine's famous semi-nude centerfolds of actors like Burt Reynolds, and the rise of pornography directed at gay male audiences in both magazines and films. Today, it is common to see beefcake shots of male sex symbols like actors Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise on the cover of general interest magazines.

Other actors who have occasionally posed for beefcake shots over the years include Errol Flynn, Robert Taylor, Jeffrey Hunter, Rory Calhoun, Peter Lupus, Joe Dallesandro, Sam J. Jones, Tom Selleck, Mark Harmon, former Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr and Victor Webster.

Many professional male bodybuilders advertise their services, offering advice concerning nutrition, training etc., often marketing their videos in which training programmes are demonstrated. Since the late 20th century, it has become more evident that buyers of such videos are attracted not just by a bodybuilder's mere bulk of muscles, but also by his toned body and sexual appeal. Browsing through a number of bodybuilders' home pages, one occasionally finds videos advertised which are said to include "frontal nudity", "sexually explicit material", etc.

A 1998 movie of the same name details the history of the Athletic Model Guild, an early company known for their photos of men in various publications.
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    Re: What is Beefcake

    Fri, September 22, 2006 - 2:45 AM
    I was thinking of focusing on the years between the 20's-60's. Though maybe extending it to the 70's is good since I love Jan Michael Vincent and Trapper John era Gregory Harrison.
    • Re: What is Beefcake

      Sat, September 23, 2006 - 4:58 PM
      I'm all for drawing the line at the 80s even though that was the decade of Jon-Erik Hexum. Oh, and NO FABIO! EVER!
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        Re: What is Beefcake

        Fri, September 29, 2006 - 10:27 PM
        oh how could you even think of Fabio. yikes!

        Jon Erik yummmmmm. The blonde aussie that replaced him (what was the show called?) was cute but just didnt do it for me.

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