Wholesome Teens Turned Sex Symbols

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So…who graces the cover of Rolling Stone this week? None other than baby-faced Zac Efron. In the photo, not only is the 19-year-old Disney star taking off his shirt, but it could also be argued that he’s bashfully rubbing his man boob. The picture surely brings squeals of delight to millions of teeny-boppers, and just as equally brings nothing but a big shudder to the rest of us. Efron’s most famous roles are as a singing and dancing high school hunk in High School Musical and the movie version of Hairspray. The roles are innocent but the press he’s getting is anything but.

And if that doesn’t bother you, how about an almost-nude shot of our favorite wizard boy? *Shudders.

But really aren’t we just treating young male celebrities the way we’ve always treated female celebrities—with birthday countdowns, suggestive magazine covers, and sexy interview questions? Is this objectification or just a really great break for these young chaps? Either way, we can be sure Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t mind.

—Anna Weggel

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