OT PESO - NSFW Apparently!

paul stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Sat Oct 31 16:10:33 EDT 2009

I didn't see Savage's photo as demeaning in any way. The model was an  
attractive lady and was presented as such. The rendering and pose were  
artful. Is it wrong to enjoy the beauty of her figure? Many take  
pleasure in a beautiful face and nice hair. Should she cover those as  
well? She apparently chose how she wanted to be portrayed. Should we  
deny her that freedom of expression? Political correctness is out of  
On Oct 31, 2009, at 4:05 PM, frank theriault wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM, Bruce Walker  
> <bruce.walker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> My dictionary just says this for "sexist": ``prejudice,  
>> stereotyping, or
>> discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.''
>> That sounds pretty demeaning to me.
> That's one definition.  Another is "...attitudes, conditions, or
> behaviors that promote stereotyping of social roles based on gender."
> I'd say that cheesecake (or beefcake for that matter) stereotypes
> social roles based on gender and is thus sexist.
>> "Portraying someone as a sexual being first and a person second"  
>> sounds more
>> like objectification than sexism. And objectification is something  
>> we do all
>> the time, especially we photographers. We silhouette people in  
>> images and
>> instantly make them objects (shapes, forms).  We use shots of random
>> individuals to stand for a general case or symbol -- objects again.
> Yup, art objectifies.  That's pretty much what art does.  However
> another definition of objectification is to externalize, and in the
> case we're discussing here, we're much more interested in what the
> model's wearing (or not wearing) and in her physical attributes than
> we are in knowing who she really is, what she's really like or her
> place in the world.  We've objectified her because quite frankly all
> we're concerned about is that she's got a hot bod, and is wearing few
> clothes in a titillating way.  That's not the same as taking a
> photograph or sculpting a likeness of someone or "objectifying" them
> in some such "artistic" way.
>> Needless and tedious?  I dunno, I think the world would be a much  
>> poorer
>> place without the likes of the Venus de Milo, and Rubin's, Dega's,  
>> Renoir's
>> and Cezannes nudes.
> I don't see nudes to which you refer as erotic or titillating.  I
> don't see them as cheesecake or beefcake (in the case of
> Michaelangelo's David or The Thinker).  They delve into who we are,
> who we perceive that we are, our place in the world.    If you don't
> see or feel the difference between those studies and a "tits and ass"
> photo,  then there's not much use in continuing this discussion.
>> I suppose they could have busied themselves in more productive  
>> pursuits,
>> like painting soap ads.
> Hey, they were commercial artists and likely would have done what
> their patrons paid them to do.
>> :-)
> Smiley duly noted, and returned in kind:
> ;-)
> cheers,
> frank
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