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The fabulous group Pink Panther Magazine have been engaging in a heated debate about the objectification of women in art and in the media.

Is nudity soft porn, or are we feminists over-reacting?

Nudity has always been a feature of fine art, and yes, the female body is indeed beautiful. However, we need to see and acknowledge that nudity is a commodity, which is traded and sold. It titillates, it excites, it arouses and it sells.

Women’s bodies are frequently little more than a commodity in art and in the media. They are the sweetmeats – the candy.

The happy feminist on her blog explains…
“A lot of men I have met confuse the feminist critiques of porn with the notion that feminists hate sex, hate pleasure, and hate beauty. They believe that we want them to feel guilty every time they look at a picture of a beautiful naked woman, or admire a woman’s body. Indeed, there is a strong strain of prudery in our culture that sometimes affects feminist thinking about these issues. However, critiquing porn is not the same thing as telling men they are bad people for wanting visual sexual stimulation.

I do not believe that sex and nudity are inherently degrading. I do not even believe that sex and nudity on camera or for money is inherently degrading. I believe that women who pose nude or who engage in sex work should be viewed as fully-fledged human with hearts and brains and souls worthy of respect.

But I don’t necessarily see porn or sexualized images of women in our society as the major problem women face as women. I see it as a symptom of a larger issue in our culture, the fact that a lot of cultural views and assumptions about women in a variety of contexts have not caught up with our legal equality, and are thus still demeaning.

The problem is that so much of the most popular soft-core porn in our culture does seem to be predicated on reducing, degrading, or pulling one over on women. While I favor full freedom of expression, I think as ethical consumers feminist men and women can work to promote more egalitarian views of women in all areas of expression."
This image has been created in Photoshop CS4.
The Original image came from Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

I wanted to try and show the objectification of women, by isolating those body parts that form the basis of soft porn. Here they are sitting on a butchers cold counter, like slabs of meat, selling for so many dollars per kilo.

You cannot see it on this small image, but I marbled each part of the bodies to give a more meat like effect. I Spherised the bums – to make the association with peaches, and textured and painted the two ‘carcasses’ hanging from the hooks.

The annoying halos on the legs are not present in the original image – it is something to do with the image compression here on RB.

All the body parts were culled from images of nudes in Wikipedia.

I have chosen the wonderful song by John Lennon – please do listen to the words, – they are so appropriate for this work.

Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work it illustrates a very interesting topic ,nicely done Anna x

  • Thanks so much Trudi.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    I’ll have 2lb of the Lincolnshire and one pound of the pork and apple please!

    Brilliant! Brave…Bravo! (I think you and I are in “synchro”! )

  • That’s great! Thanks Simon.

    – Anna Shaw

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    Just as long as it is all low-cal. A really great shot!!!!, Bill

  • Thanks so much Bill.

    – Anna Shaw

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 4 years ago

    OH ! Had to do a double take here Anna ! Excellent work, very provocative image, good choice of male behind the counter too . This will stay with me a good while, well done .

  • Thanks so much Sandra – a difficult topic to address here I think.

    – Anna Shaw

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 4 years ago

    how perfect this image is anna! well composed!

  • Thanks so much Helene – that is so kind.

    – Anna Shaw

  • DruscillaMorgan
    DruscillaMorganover 4 years ago

    Great image Anna. Lovely dark humour, and well crafted pic :-)))

  • Thanks so much Druscilla.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 4 years ago

    Absolutely sensational work, Anna – you’ve surpassed yourself, which is no mean feat! Fantastic concept brilliantly done – my hat’s off to you. Wow. Wow. Wow…xo

  • How lovely of you Colleen. I am thrilled that you like it.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenterover 4 years ago

    Simply Brilliant Anna!!!!! An instant fave! :-)x

  • Thanks so much Geoff. That means more than I can say.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Richard Murch
    Richard Murchover 4 years ago

    … An interesting image and commentary ,,

  • Thanks Richard – it is a fascinating subject.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Hal Smith
    Hal Smithover 4 years ago

    well done and well said

  • Thanks so much Hal, that means a lot.

    – Anna Shaw

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