People, mostly men, are complaining about Twilight/New Moon... saying that it's demeaning to men. It's obvious from the hollers in the mostly-female theatre audience that the men are being objectified. For most of the movie, Jacob and his gang are shirtless, showing off their chiseled bodies. Bella, the main character, is the one who drives the plot forward. And, as physically powerful as Jacob and Edward are, they fall weak to Bella whom they love. She is the one who holds the control and decided who she wants to be with, therefore, she's the one that drives the plot forwards.
I know several guys that these movies actually infuriate. They claim Twilight/New Moon sets fantasized expectations that real guys feel they could never live up to. Many guys are pissed that Stephanie Meyer is projecting these fake men who are highly sexualized. These guys sit, uncomfortable, in the movie theatre while girls shriek when Jacob whips off his shirt.
I'm curious as to why men are uncomfortable with their own objectification while women are basically numb to theirs; Women are expected to say nothing when Megan Fox's ass is plastered all over the Hollywood screen. It's because it is the norm. Since the production of old Hollywood films, females have been objectified on the screen in order to satisfy the male gaze. The protagonist has usually been the male, withholding the qualities that make him ideal: strong, powerful, handsome, wealthy, while the female is a representation of a sexual fantasy from a male point of view: sexualized, beautiful, isolated, weak. This is the way it has been throughout the years and, unfortunately, will continue to be. The female character performs for the male. In Laura Mulvey's essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, she states that "as the narrative progresses [the female] falls in love with the main male protagonist and becomes his property, losing her outward glamorous characteristics."
So, again... why is it that men feel uncomfortable with their own objectification? I commend Stephanie Meyer for switching it around and objectifying men on screen. It's really one of the first movies produced purely for the female gaze and I'm not complaining... and I really think guys shouldn't either.