Since our discussion in Podcast #86, the GWC Forum has been alight with discussion of the role of men's butts in science fiction, specifically revolving around two scenes: Mal's appearance in the Firefly episode Trash and Jamie Bamber's candid moment in the Battlestar Galactica episode Final Cut.
As a guy who's interested in women -- much respect, though, to those whose taste runs different, and I'd love to hear your take on this -- I don't get anything from either Mr. Bamber's towel scene or Mr. Fillion's bare-ass-and-I-don't-care-'cause-I-just-got-paid moment, which led to my initial comment. I was certain that most women viewed Mal's moment in the sun in the same way they do Lee's slip-'o-the-towel.
I far as I can tell, I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I understand that male nudity is generally treated as humor, while female nudity is treated as erotic. But there's knowing and there's getting it.
I saw Mr. Bamber's scene as humor, because it was great seeing the reactions of everyone involved -- even Starbuck whose smirk gives away the fact that she definitely admire her towel-less rear view. What I didn't realize is that most female fans find this more erotic than funny, while they find Mr. Fillion's scene nothing but humor.
So while I understand the concept, I still don't get it. Help out a straight male fellow fan. How do these scenes really differ?