Chris Pratt Believes Men Should Be Objectified, Too

After shedding his “dad bod” the Jurassic World star argues that men and women should be objectified equally.

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Chris Pratt has come a long way from Parks and Recreation, where he starred as a fun-loving karate-chopping bureaucrat with “a dad bod.” Now the star of the jaw-droppingly profitable Jurassic World, Pratt spoke to Yahoo! UK about how transforming his body led to bigger and better parts. He openly admitted to being objectified, but he didn’t think that was necessarily a bad thing, adding, “I think it’s appalling that for a long time only women were objectified, but I think if we really want to advocate for equality, it’s important to even things out.”

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An interview with Michael Messner, whose recent book explores three generations of feminist men.

Male feminists take part in a 1980 protest. Photo by Rick Cote

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Even guys who can’t parallel park seem to appreciate the vague, retro masculinity at the heart of the gearhead franchise.

Who's your daddy? Vin Diesel, obviously.

I don't know how to change the oil in my car. My wife drives our 1995 Toyota Camry almost everywhere, and she sure as hell parallel parks when it comes to that. Yet I've almost unintentionally seen every one of the half-dozen Fast & Furious films released between 2001 and 2013. Statistically speaking, many of the ticket buyers to this nearly billion-dollar-box-office franchise must fall a lot closer to me on the alpha male spectrum than they do to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) or Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker), the chest-thumping, gearhead street racers at the heart of most of the Fast & Furious movies. That disparity may very well be the key to the films’ appeal.

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