Clothed female, naked male

Clothed female, naked male
Examples of clothed females with naked males in public, in London (left) and Paris (right)

Clothed female, naked (or nude) male (on the internet sometimes abbreviated to CFNM) is a genre of erotica featuring one or more nude men and one or more clothed women. It is sometimes described as a sexual fantasy, by women or men, depicting such a exhibitionist or physique worship scenario. One-sided male nudity can also arise when a male disrobes for the sexual pleasure of a woman or other women, such as in a BDSM and/or sexual activity, as an indication of sexual submission, or as part of a male striptease. The objective of this type of scenario is that the male is denied the sexual pleasure of seeing the women in the same state of undress, and is not in a position to dominate the scene.

One-sided male nudity is also considered by some to be a form of sexual objectification of men or as a role reversal, whereby the male assumes a subservient sex role.[citation needed] Some people regard such depictions to be pornography.

The opposite is clothed male, naked female (CMNF). There additionally are CMNM (clothed male, naked male) and CFNF (clothed female, naked female) sub genres.



There are several sexual and non-sexual erotic scenarios which involve one-sided male nudity. These may involve female domination, male submission, exhibitionism and erotic entertainment.[1] A combination of all categories is common, although several web sites cater to the sub genres separately.[citation needed]

Although only given the name CFNM upon the birth of the Internet, the concept of CFNM has been a fetish common for many men and women for decades. Commonly devotees believed they were alone in their interest until the internet brought them together. (citation - Visual Sensations for Women, The Femdom Forum).

Portrayal of male nudity

Perseus and Andromeda, a wall painting from Pompeii
Combat de coqs by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1847).

In classical antiquity, the portrayal of nude male form in art (including the exposure of genitals) was considered to be more acceptable than that of the naked female form. This can be seen in the comparative portrayal of the classical theme of Perseus and Andromeda. In a wall painting of ancient Pompeii, Perseus is nude while Andromeda is fully clothed.

By the renaissance, this view had reversed.[2] For example, in Titian's treatment of Perseus and Andromeda in mid-1550s, however, it is Andromeda who is nude - save for the barest wisp of fabric - while Perseus is clothed in armour.

Depictions of nudity were acceptable to the 19th-century French salon culture if the setting was clearly "classical," depicting characters in a culture where nudity was commonplace, as in Combat de coqs (1847) by Jean-Léon Gérôme.

In many western countries women's breasts are now commonly exposed and depicted without scandal, at least in specific settings such as at the beach or in art. Although male nudity is becoming more widely accepted in various contexts, it is arguably the case that female nudity still remains less controversial than male nudity. Paradoxically, partial nudity (including toplessness) of males in public is often looked upon as less shameful in many cultures.

Sexual objectification of men by women

Feminist authors Christina Hoff Sommers and Naomi Wolf have written that women's sexual liberation has led many women to a role reversal, whereby they view men as sex objects,[3][4][5] in a manner similar to what they criticize in men's treatment of women.

CFNM events

Instances where men are being presented as sex objects include advertising,[6] music videos, movies and television shows,[7][8][9] beefcake calendars, women's magazines, male strip shows and clothed female nude male (CFNM) events which includes male strippers and clothed woman involved in hardcore and softcore CFNM partying. Also, more women are purchasing and consuming CFNM pornography (especially, adult videos).[10][11]

CFNM fantasy and humiliation/punishment

Unlike CMNF, CFNM is not divided into categories nice CFNM and hard CFNM. There are many reasons why the male participants receive pleasure from the CFNM experience. Many males enjoy being completely nude around females and do not tend to be disappointed that the females are fully clothed while experiencing the sexual pleasure given by females including masturbation. While the male figures in CMNF are almost fully clothed, the females in CFNM often are seen in only their undergarments.

However some male participants often feel humiliated during the experience. Like the females in hard CMNF, the focus is on the embarrassment/humiliation he experiences in the situation.

CFNM in film

Porky's Revenge (1985) has a scene in which the boys' basketball team think that they are going to have an orgy with the cheerleaders. Using duplicate swimming costumes the girls subsequently trick the boys into stripping naked before being filmed in the swimming pool.

In Exit to Eden (1994), Lisa Emerson (Dana Delany) while dressed in a red negligee, ties up the arms of a nude Elliot Slater (Paul Mercurio), before indulging in sexual play with him.

In 100 Girls (2000), Arlene (Katherine Heigl) challenges Matthew (Jonathan Tucker) to a game of table football, where the loser of each goal has to remove one article of clothing. Matthew eventually loses to the degree where he is naked whilst the girls are still fully clothed.

See also


  1. ^ Sports, Gym Classes, Team Initiations and Events
  2. ^ Simon Goldhill (2005). Love, sex & tragedy how the ancient world shapes our lives. University Of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226301198. 
  3. ^ Sommers, Christina Hoff. 1994. Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women. New York. Simon and Schuster (pp.264-265), ISBN 0-671-7924-8 (hc), ISBN 0-684-80156-6 (pb)
  4. ^ Wolf, Naomi. 1994. Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How to Use It. New York: Fawcett Columbine (pp.225-228), ISBN 0-449-90951-4.
  5. ^ Friend,Tad. Yes (feminist women who like sex) Esquire. February 1994
  6. ^ Female Friendly Advertising
  7. ^ Shirtless Scene
  8. ^ Eating the Eye Candy
  9. ^ Female Gaze
  10. ^ McElroy, Wendy. 1995. XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography. New York: St. Martin's Press (p.36)
  11. ^ 66% of women watch porn

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