Germaine Greer once wrote a book called The Female Eunuch. This time she goes a slightly different course and writes a book in praise of adolescent male beauty called, appropriately enough, "The Beautiful Boy". Those who know me will won't be surprised to hear that, although I haven't read "The Female Eunuch", I've read "The Beautiful Boy" and found it to be most interesting.
Greer's point through this book is that, throughout history, adolescent boys have been used as the ideal of beauty. She sites works by several major artists, particularly Caravaggio, in support of this theory and icnludes pictures of many of their better known paintings and sculptures. She even sites works where the subject is female, but the model was clearly a boy.
Overall the thrust of this seems to be that it's perfectly fine for older women (such as herself, I'm guessing), to lust after adolescent boys and view them through a sexual lens. I actually don't have much of a problem with this, which again won't surprise anyone who knows me. I do think it somewhat of an odd topic for her to be tackling, but that's ok.
The book itself is nicely put together, with several boys inside who are, well, nicely put together. The writing is clear and conscise, and the pictures inside are really easy on the eyes. It makes for a good coffee-table book if you're someone who doesn't care what visitors to your house think. It's a book for a niche audience (such as those who appreciate the works of Will McBride and Larry Clark), but if you're part of that audience, you'll probably enjoy it and find it worth the price. Otherwise, you'll probably want to wash your eyes after reading the book.