As Chris Pine has very Chris-ly pointed out during the press tour leading up to the release of Netflix’s Outlaw King, there is still a major double standard when it comes to nudity on screen: Show a woman’s breasts, and no one will bat an eyelash; but if there’s a penis involved — watch out!
Still, it’s worth delving a little deeper into why we care so much. Part of the reason male full frontal gets so much attention is because it’s so rare, especially for A-list actors. Men rarely rarely get asked to show the full monty. It’s seen as extreme, something that will earn the film an extra strict rating from the MPAA. Where a naked woman might earn an R, a naked man might be considered NC-17 — as with Steve McQueen’s 2012 movie Shame, which showed Michael Fassbender’s character walking around his apartment naked.