pencil drawing

Why is the male nude so rare in figurative representations ? Of course, we all have in mind Greek and Roman statues depicting the ideal of « manhood » and virility. But this perfect body is different from the simple body undressed that appears in its private and intimate sphere. Whereas, we see it a lot toward the female nude, usually conveying sensuality, fragility and delicacy… This vulnerability due to nudity conflicts with the traditional virility where the man has to hide his feelings. 
Let us break this stupid and dangerous myth whereby vulnerability is a proof of weakness. Vulnerability is at the very heart of emotions and being human. It should be synonym of strength and boldness because there is nothing more brave than taking the plunge in uncertainty, risk taking and emotional openness.