When you were drooling over shirtless Chris Hemsworth in his latest magazine spread, did you ever think about how men looking at the same image must feel? As women, we're always in an uproar about the media's stringent beauty standards. We rage against the Photoshop fails and one-size-fits-all runway models, but men face a similar challenge.
Just like the ideal body type and skin tone for women varies from country to country, males are put up against different standards for their outer appearance across the world. BuzzFeed highlights them all in a fact-driven video. Warning: there are lots of bare-chested, smizing men involved (and a smoke machine). For example, here in the US, bearded lumbersexuals and buff bodies rule (hello, Joe Manganiello).
UK gents are more likely to have tattoos thanks to David Beckham, South Korean men have regular makeup and skin care regimens, and Brazilian dudes are into plastic surgery just as much as the women. Surprisingly, a lot of the statistics show that men are put up against just as much pressure from the media to look a certain way. So next time an actor takes off his shirt on movie night, remind your guy that an eight-pack is way overrated. He's sexy just the way he is.