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Styling: Alexandra Roman
oh honey take a hike
“But maybe I will, to make him beg for it”
“Maybe i’ll send a shirtless photo, so they see what they’re missing”
Do nudes and sex empower you?
“Nudity empowers me”
I’ve believed that for quite a while
especially within the nouveau age
with a new wave of feminists
choose to utilize their bodies
as a weapon and a form of speech
then there are artists who use their bodies to express pain and exposure and helplessness
within the cinematic field
we have the
#femmeFatale, synonymous with apparent power
eyes boggling for #MagicMike
yeah, you could say nudity is power
or at least so it seems
then we have the micro influencers of Instagram
who choose to advertise their bodies
who choose to sexualize and objectify themselves on social media
some more obvious than others
and true, maybe they don’t outwardly state
“oh hey, I think this is an embodiment of strength”
many simply do so for the monetary gain or attention
the list drips over to less known figures as well
think of the day to day girls who you follow on instagram or facebook
are they also empowering themselves?
or are they simply trying to fill an absence with a presence?
I honestly can’t tell
because I’ve been dabbling with the same question for a long time now as well
Let’s go back to where it all started
Ever since the Italian Renaissance
works of art have received the story that art historians saw fit
was that their truth?
They were given western culture’s high histories
yet the truth about human nature was not
Up until 120 BCE
women were portrayed fully clothed
whereas men, were fully nude
the male nude was the most desirable ideal
Praxiteles’, “Hermes with the Infant Dionysus”
shows just that
Hermes’ penis is presented in a direct manner
similar to how an elbow would be,
it encompasses an aggressive air
that Foucault and Dover capture as well
when discussing Greek sexual relations
“a relationship between a superior and a subordinate, one who dominates and one who is dominated, one who vanquishes and one who is vanquished”
became something brazen
but what about being naked?
Praxiteles’ “Kinidian Aphrodite”
is the condition of being naked
she is a self-conscious nakedness
The Knidia was the starting point of the female bare body
the act of covering her pubes
created a new breed of nudes
where vulnerability and subtleness were more powerful as opposed to the male’s straightforward, explicit nudes
The Knidia put women in a perpetual state of vulnerability
became a strength
The “Capitoline Venus”
followed the same example
of covering her intimate parts
and gained the name
shameful or modest
which defined female sexuality
as something graceful
and the opposite of the male aggressive nature
The female naked portrayal was powerful
in her provocative overt sexual vulnerability
covering her intimate parts within an abstract way
lacking any explicative gesture or facial expression
these figures exhibited neither pride
A woman more naked than nude
coded as something fetishized
and was reduced to her sexuality
Fast forward to contemporary times
how does this apply?
intent defines your action
intent defines who you are
it’s not the action of being unclothed
it’s the intent behind one doing so
are you explicit? or are you modest?
does your image transmit something along the lines of
“fuck me now i’m waiting”
instead of acknowledging an absence within yourself
you choose to fill it
instead of acknowledging your lack of self-love
you look for the external love and validation
do you look to make a business on social media out of your body?
because that’s what the public wants?
do you choose to trick yourself into thinking that over-sexualizing yourself equals power and love?
do you choose to believe your false cognitive desires?
do your photos
the way you present yourself
does your face convey something deeper other than sex(y)(ness)
are you vulnerable?
do you exhibit depth?
what are you trying to say with your body?
the true question is
are you truly comfortable within your vulnerability
and promote your body, its delicateness and its beauty for what it is
do you promote it and present it for it’s sexual potency
do you choose to mask your vulnerability with sexuality
and mistake it
are you naked
are you nude?
1.”The Venus Pudica”, Nanette Salomon
+ This Article is in no way a statement. Rather, it is an open discussion topic, open to any and all other opinions +