Gratuitous Tit

31 May

I watch Game of Thrones.

Sometimes I think there is entirely too much female nudity (of the gratuitous, non-plot-furthering variety) in that and other shows.

But sometimes I see unnecessarily naked ladies and have a completely different train of thought.

People are really shaped like that?  But that’s not how I’m shaped.  What?

One of the pro-porn arguments in the Public Service Porn debate was that the availability of seeing lots of naked bodies means that you can see lots of differently shaped/colored/cut/faked bodies and in so doing, see that yours isn’t so bad.

Until a few years ago I thought all naked women looked like naked me.  That my boobs were the proper shape and all others were defective.  My hips and butt protruding at the only correct angles.

One of the positive byproducts of gratuitous female nudity in our culture is that I’ve learned that there are no right or wrong shapes or angles.  Just different.  For some women this picture could make them feel really bad about themselves.  For me it’s just a reminder that no matter how much my body changes over the next 80 years it’ll never be worse or wrong, just different.

Constantly worrying about your reflection and criticizing your body, shape and size is an act of violence against yourself.
– Emma Thompson

And just to put it out there I’m not pro-gratuitous female nudity in media but just as criticizing something problematic in a piece you love isn’t bad, noting something positive in a piece you don’t love isn’t bad either.

4 Responses to “Gratuitous Tit”

  1. Michael Mirer May 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    So while I’m less optimistic than you about the different body types you can see naked on tv–that is, it’s mostly young attractive white women who own razors–I think you make a good point. Still, I’d feel better about gratuitous nudity if there was anything close to gender parity in how it is done. It’s just sad at this point.

  2. elenamusic June 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Why aren’t we seeing a lot of naked men on TV to compare with all the naked women? Why do we have to see all the naked women to compare our bodies then decide if it’s acceptable or not? Comparing yourself to anyone else only leads to trouble.

  3. Hunter June 4, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Absolutely! Great post. I love and support the idea of not bad, just different.

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