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Monday, February 20, 2012
Posted by Alisha De Freitas at 12:00 AM
The BFF and I were headed to a cafe a few weeks ago and we were discussing art. She had seen and fallen in love with a photograph of a model hanging in a coffee joint she frequents near her Virginia home. She described it as stunning and eye-catching, and fortuitously, for sale.
Me: "So? You're going to get it?"
Her: "Nope," she said, stone faced.
Me: "What? Why?"
GiGi: "The model in it... she's naked. Nothing is really showing, but you 'know' she's naked."
GiGi: "Li, where I live, that would be considered 'too New York'. I guess I can get it and hang it in our bedroom..."
"Ah, no. If you like it, you should hang it where you want. It's your house! It's your dag-on house," I started in on all of GiGi's hypothetical judgmental neighbors who would poo poo art because of bare shoulders or calves.
Me: "... So it's a new time! You get that painting..."
Me: "... yeah, photo, same difference. You get it!"
I recall this convo because I was reminded of it when I did the "Cussing" post a few days ago. I was thinking how many Christians still shy away from any form of nudity, even if it's shown tastefully (think Rose in "Titanic") or classically (think Michelangelo's "David"). Or in a totally non-sexual situation (like a breastfeeding mom).
I grew up hearing all about modesty (and I'm talking about old-school, holly-roller Pentecostal modesty with long, ankle grazing, ill-fitting dresses that managed to be dowdier than a burka). But being modest isn't the same thing as being a prude.
Maybe the setting does play a big part in nudity being acceptable or not, much like swearing. Giddel does have a point about her locale. While it's no backwoods hillbillyville, it's definitely within the span of the Bible Belt which is more conservative in every way than where I live.
How do you feel about nudity in artwork? How about in general? Comment away!