Hottie Channing Tatum Needs to Bow Down to the Truly Sexiest Men Alive

Adriana Velez | Nov 14, 2012 Celebrities

joe manganielloCongrats and all to Channing Tatum for winning People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, but man. All we could talk about this morning here at The Stir was how many other men we think should win instead. How many? Too many to list here, but we narrowed our list of personal favorites down to 18.

So we thought we ought to share. I give you: The Stir's Men We Think Are Sexier Than Channing Tatum. Enjoy.

  • Ben Affleck


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    Ben Affleck is the sexiest man alive not only because he's hotter than Las Vegas in the middle of August, but also because he's such a devoted husband and father. Every time I see a picture of him out with his kids, I literally get weak in the knees. Jennifer Garner is one very lucky woman. --Mary Fischer

  • Henry Cavill


    I first saw Henry Cavill on The Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel and immediately fell in lust. He was pretty much everything that I thought a hot-looking man should be, with a British accent to boot. Anyone who watches The Tudors surely understands. But he’s just underrated enough to make him not a completely cliché choice. That might change soon though ... I can’t wait to see him in the new Superman movie! --Jill Baughman

  • Kyle Chandler


    Clear eyes, full hearts, hooded eyes, can't lose. --Lindsay Mannering

  • Daniel Craig



    Daniel Craig is the best thing to ever happen to the James Bond franchise. Hot in any season. Also, he is my boyfriend. That is allll. --Adriana Velez

  • Idris Elba



    Idris Elba is the hottest Brit ever! He could read the dictionary and I’d swoon. --Ericka Sóuter

  • Ira Glass


    Ira Glass, of course, has that whole hot nerd thing DOWN. The glasses, the silvering fox hair, the suits, oh yeah. Add in his brilliant curation of the smart, compelling, and completely satisfying stories on his public radio show This American Life and you have the man of my dreams. --Sheri Reed

  • Ryan Gosling


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    If you can say no to Ryan Gosling, you have no soul. And chances are you also hate fluffy floppy-eared puppies, giggling babies, and adorable Disney animals. Since People snubbed this Hollywood heartthrob of his rightful title in 2011 and 2012, I’m calling for a nationwide re-vote. Shame on you, America -- I don’t even understand how you could ignore the beautiful work of art that is Ryan Gosling. --Kylie McConville

  • Paul Krugman


    Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is one of the greatest minds in academia today. He is a Nobel Prize winning academic who looks a whole lot like George Clooney. Who needs abs when you have a cerebral cortex like this. And in case you think I am kidding, I am not. I make my husband read his columns as foreplay. --Anonymous

  • Taylor Lautner


    Sheri Reed

    We sure will miss Taylor -- and his pecs -- now that he's moving on from the Twilight series!

  • Joe Manganiello


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    True Blood sex scene last season: Hottest thing I have EVER seen. --Sasha Brown-Worsham

    Don’t bring up that scene. I’ll have to take the rest of the day off. --Sheri Reed

    "He's what I call 'drag me out of a burning building and rescue me' hot." --Ericka Sóuter

  • Shelmar Moore


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    Shemar Moore is sex on a stick. Smokin' hot bod, adorable face, and he's got eyes that are ... I hate to say this, but kind? Just hearing him say "baby girl" on Criminal Minds makes all the icky bad guy stuff (seriously, have you seen that show?) go away, and you can pretend he's talking to you. Also: He is nice to his mama! --Jeanne Sager

  • Fabrizio Moretti


    Fabrizio Moretti is smokin'. He's in multiple indie bands. Looks kind of like a bad boy. And seems like the kind of dude that'd be fun to get a drink with. --Nicole Fabian-Weber

  • President Barack Obama


    President Obama's got everything it takes to be the Sexiest Man Alive -- good looks, a great sense of humor, singing ability (!!!), and did we mention a whole lot of power? (Hey, it worked for Anastasia Steele!) It's blatantly clear Michelle is one lucky First Lady! --Maressa Brown.

    Obama is hot, smart, sexy, compassionate, appreciates women. He's a great and loving husband and father. He can carry a tune like nobody's business. Has a nice jump shot. And dude, he's the most powerful man in the world. --Anonymous

  • Clive Owen


    Dude just seems like a real man. The kind of guy who drinks a scotch when he comes home from work. The kind of guy who ... has a British accent. Let's stop there :) --Nicole Fabian-Weber

  • Jason Segel


    He's hilarious, multi-talented (he writes! he sings!), and oh-so-handsome in a quirky, accessible way. Oh and guess it doesn't hurt that he looks like my fiance... --Maressa Brown

  • Alexander Skarsgard


    True Blood/Facebook

    The Skarsgard. Sex. Abs. Eyes. Biter. Shoulders. Sex. Sweden. Sex. --Cynthia Dermody

  • Justin Timberlake


    In terms of sexiness, the man is the entire package in my mind. He has eyes that I could stare at for days, a voice that reminds me of heaven (because I so totally know what it's like up there), and hello -- the guy is HILARIOUS. How can you tell me that his sense of humor doesn't make him ridiculously attractive? --Emily Abbate

  • James Van Der Beek


    High five if you grew up in the '90s -- James Van Der Beek is the CLEAR choice for 2012’s Sexiest Man Alive. I mean, Dawson Leery really grew up, didn’t he? Makes me wonder how Joey ever chose Pacey over this dude. Most recently, James stars in Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 where he plays himself and frequently makes fun of his Dawson’s Creek past. So he’s gorgeous, talented, AND can laugh at himself. Damn. Sorry, Channing -- but I think you should hand your title over pronto. --Stefanie Favicchio

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