"Men just aren't viewed as sex objects in the same way that women are. Women don't think about men being naked in the same way that men think about women." In fact, she says, at her magazine's offices, when photos come in of a male star with no shirt on, "We say, 'Gross! Put some clothes on!'"
Of course, gay media outlets have plenty of male nudes, but that's because they're read by ... men. Men and women are biologically wired to be attracted to different aspects of the people they lust after. Women, for some reason still opaque to me, are sexually attracted to a man's soul, his character, his style. Men want to see titties, as Dave Chapelle would say. Gay men and straight men are no different in this. And so the single standard VF is using is a simple one: let's sell as many magazines as we can. I fail to see how they can be criticized for doing their job.