Of Nipples and Pasties

Nude Girl With Coffee Cup

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I’ll never understand the logic behind artsy nude photos. I’m not talking pornographic photos where the girl is flashing her privates for the world to see. I mean the classier photos, often found in magazines, that you might find of celebrities or high-end models. The pictures showcase their figure and sexuality with soft tones as well as suggestive posing. Often the artsy photos are beautiful and tasteful. But they are not fully naked, they are nude, there’s a difference. Apparently.

Here’s the part that baffles me – they can show everything, literally everything, as long as they cover the nipples and crotch. And therein lies the difference. Naked equals full frontal. Nude equals full frontal plus pasties or hand/prop placement over the naughty parts of the body. Why is the nipple the culprit? I don’t understand how that makes the photo more appropriate. After all, we don’t hide man nipples from the public eye.

Is it to protect young innocent eyes? Cause I’m fairly certain that just seeing a naked figure is equally as effective as seeing a nipple. I doubt anyone is completely turned off by a woman until she shows her nipples and crotch, and then suddenly – BAM! – she’s sexy as Hell. Human’s aren’t robots, we don’t work that way. The imagination is a powerful tool.

Obviously I’m not an art expert, but I do find the modesty in nude photos ridiculous.


5 thoughts on “Of Nipples and Pasties

  1. in new jersey, the covering of nipples and crotch is very significant. no, really. a strip bar that serves alcohol cannot have visible nipples and crotch, although it happens, of course. the alternative is what’s called a “juice bar” or a “byob.” if they don’t serve alcohol, or if you bring your own booze, then they can show whatever they want.

    what also happens in some of those places – from what i was told – is they have back rooms where the dancers will invite you back to have sex. but they say it’s not prostitution because you’re not paying them for sex. you’re paying to rent the room. yeah, okay.

  2. Sorry, I had an alcoholic lunch and re-reading that message I realise that I wrote – “Are the laws for opening a sex shop stricter than the laws on opening a sex shop?” I obviously meant “…stricter than the laws for opening a GUN shop.” I hope that wasn’t confusing 🙂

    • I have no idea what the laws are, you should definitely open that shop! And yes, violence is fine. Sex and swearing is a big taboo.

  3. I agree; but you do struggle to crack one off to a photo without nipples or gynecological muff shot, so there’s got to be something in it. What I find stranger in American culture is how language can be more offensive than violence. I watch Total Recall on TV whilst on holiday in Florida. It was on in the afternoon and all the swearing was omitted but Arnie killing, maming and mutilating bodies left right and centre with a funny quip for good measure was all included! Bizarre. Are the laws for opening a sex shop stricter than the laws on opening a sex shop? I bet they are – I want to open a sex shop in Colorada, staff it with Asians and Black people and position it in between a sweet shop and a gun shop and call it ‘Make Love not War’.

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