Although the ladies who pose for lads mags in Britain have done a valiant job defending them, women generally have stayed out of the fight, mostly because they don't really understand why men like lads mags so much, and because they think their lives wouldn't be any different without them. Some may even kid themselves that men will show them more attention if lads mags didn't exist. Therefore, it is not women's job to defend photos of half naked women, it's ours. We men. Men need to defend lads mags and to enlighten women about the reasons we love them, which are not very complicated at all, but it's not what women think. In fact, men love lads mags for the same reasons women love romance novels. Because for us, it's art. Now don't laugh. You don't really think that canvas in the museum smeared with spilled paint is art do you? No, art is simply a book or picture that allows someone to experience their hopes and dreams. For women it's a romantic situation, a hot guy, and a lot of attention, including sexual attention. These things don't happen often enough in real life, so romance novels allow women to hold onto the hope that one day they will. Lads mags are art for men. They allow men to hold onto their hopes and dreams of a beautiful woman, happy, engaged, and sexually promising. These thing don't happen often enough in real life, so lads mags allow men to hold onto the hope that one day they will. In light of the recent attacks on lads mags by women's groups we can't help but wonder how women would feel if romance novels were banned, or kept behind screens in the back room and top shelf of a seedy book store? Would they feel insulted, indignant, unappreciated, angry, embarrassed, sad? This is how men feel when women attack lads mags. But we can't let it get us down. Women can't be blamed for not understanding a man's idea of romance, so it's up to us to stand up and defend it as courageously and as cockily as any romance novel hero would.