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This post offers a diversion from my current topic of cultural ethics, which will be resumed soon.
A Short Story Illustrating the Glory of Nudity (Literally!)
I once took a class in Architectural Drawing during my University days. One day when it was raining, and we couldn’t go outside to draw buildings, the instructor announced that we would have a nude model come to pose for us. The mixed-gender class reacted with a lively, ruffled talk of surprise, mild agitation, and intrigue.
Many of us looked at each other with raised eyebrows and inquisitive glances. It was my first experience to draw nude models. My first thought was, “Hey! This is not architectural drawing!” My second thought was, “OMG! What is this going to be like?”
I expected that having a naked woman lounging in the classroom would be cheap and stupid. I wondered too, about how beautiful or ugly she might be. I also thought that, either way, it would be a very embarrassing experience for everyone in the coed class.
But I was in for a big surprise!
The model arrived a half hour later. When she started taking her clothes off, the entire class fell into a solemn hush. Soon, there were no words to be said.
As she poised her nude body on the block, nervous and visibly mortified, the whole room fell sublimely silent. The ambience of the entire studio instantly transcended into a timeless austerity. It felt like the whole room had been lifted from the earth, and hung in space.
No one made any abrupt sounds. No paper shuffling, no pencils dropping, no coughing, sniffling or sneezing. No one even breathed for the entire period!
During the next two and a half hours, we drew charcoal images of her loose hair, face and form in utter silence.
As I studied the details, I noticed that she was cold. Her nipples were erect, and she would shiver occasionally, yet her forehead glistened with sweat. I tried to capture an impression of the goosebumps on her arms in my work, but I found that capturing her suffering on paper challenged the limits of my artistic talent. It was deeply humbling.
There was no shame. There was a quiet reverence for her trust. There was respect for her vulnerability. There was a sense of honor to behold the splendor and structure of a human being created by God – a sight rarely seen among a sinful, shameful, cloth donning race of deceitful animals.
At noon, she rose from her comportment, stretched, and breathed deeply to relieve her fatigue. Then she dressed herself, gathered her effects, and departed, closing the door softly behind her. Not a soul stirred until she had been gone for a few minutes, and only then did the clanky, chattering environment of a college classroom slowly settle back into place.
I was wrong in my expectations. There was no shame, no lust, nothing disgraceful, sleazy, raunchy or ribald. It was an austere. somber, soul inspiring experience which made me wiser, more mature, more aware, and more confident.
Respect for Nudity
Respect is understood to be a proper response to expressions of power. Respect for nudity is based on the power expressed through the defenseless mortality of being human being transposed with the dignity and grace of being created in the image of God. Female nudity magnifies this power through the vulnerable nature of the feminine character, as well as the graceful curves and proportion of the female form.
Also, the vulnerability of a woman brings out something powerful in the heart of a man. It appeals to his best and noble instincts to protect and provide.
Without this power, respect is lost. This is why strippers attract lewd jeers and money being thrown at them, instead of claiming a place as hard on working members of society.
But in today’s Feminist bent culture, the power of female vulnerability is denigrated as a weakness, and thereby lost. Nudity is thus demoted to a single expression of defiant sexual proclivity.
Furthermore, nudity has become so common, that no one truly appreciates the beauty, vulnerability, and poetic meaning of it anymore. As a result, images like this one are so mundane, that they are considered neither inspiring, nor profane.
Advertisers don’t appreciate the value of nudity, because they debase and sell out the moral value by profusely using it to boost sales. At some point, it loses its humanity, while real humanity has been condemned and forgotten.
Guys who are addicted to pornography don’t appreciate the beauty of nudity, because they judge the works on one point alone – the sexual stimulation they can obtain from the image.
Feminists don’t appreciate the artistic effect of nudity either, because they want to tell the viewers what is beautiful and valuable, and then forcefully attach indelible moral significance to it, sometimes through shame tactics. This is propaganda, not art.
They have misused and abused the fact that art is a powerful expression because it is able to supersede the confines of morality. Instead of using the medium of art to encourage introspection and inspiration within the viewers, it is used to dispose of morality and the appreciation of life altogether. They want to argue that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, when beauty is in fact, not there, and when beauty does happen to be in the eye of the beholder, they label it as sexist objectification.
And it’s not only men who prefer true beauty, it’s all of creation. Little do Feminists realize, or care to admit, there is a complex science to beauty that Feminist ideologies cannot touch, including elements such as balance, proportion, depth, composition, color… For example, the image below reveals the elements of proportion in a woman’s face, which is only one of the many aspects of beauty.
The meaning of the art is something else entirely. As Rollo pointed out in his post, No Prescriptions (February 12, 2018),
“What these guys want is a meaning to that truth, but that’s not the Red Pill. Meaning is what men will apply to that truth according to their individual needs, situations and circumstances. This is why Peterson and probably some more personalities to follow him will be popular in the future; they prioritize meaning above truth. If you listen to the first podcast of Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson, they spend the entire time trying to come to an agreed measure of truth between the two of them so they can move on (in the second podcast) to [the question of] what is meaning.”
The cultural interpretation of meaning is only one small aspect of art appreciation, and the meaning is largely dependent on the mindset and values of the viewer, and the effects of his or her present mood and state of mind.
Feminists are trying to rewrite the definition of art and beauty, in order to change the conclusions of the argument about the intended meaning. Could it be that they think they can eventually go one step further to enforce mind control on the population?
Unfortunately, a lot of people are buying this fake, forged artwork of brainwashing. They are foregoing the art for the sake of preserving the (false) argument about meaning.
Western culture needs to go back to school and take a class in art appreciation.
To further advance the point that art is fundamental to creation, humans are not the only organisms capable of art appreciation. Even certain animals have an appreciation for art, as well as physical aptitude and skill.
The elephant has both the ability and the appreciation of artistic expression, while the gorilla has the ability, but not the appreciation.
Now when the subject of the art is a human being, is it more appropriate to employ the elephant-type of artist, or the guerilla type?
Unfortunately, there is too much monkey business going on in the art and entertainment industry. Recently, the Harvey Weinstein scandal has brought to public attention all the lies, deception, and diddling that bechances potential fine artists on the casting couch. This has been going on for decades, and not only women, but #MenToo are affected.
Case Study 1: The 7-11 Model
Here is an example of artistic expression that broke the Asian internet in 2015 – a Taiwanese woman wearing only a plastic convenience store bag.
A Commentary on the Expression
The image on the left shows relaxation and openness through the exposure of the left underarm and wrist, while the downward gaze expresses submission, and the right hand covering the nether region indicates modesty, maybe even purity. At the same time, there is a bold openness shown by the rounded hips, indicating fertility and youth. All these express the power of vulnerability and the beauty of biological fruitfulness.
In the image on the right, her eyes tell the story of innocence and wonder giving way to feral curiosity. The finger on the lips speaks of secrecy and trust. The claw like form of her fingers pointing downward at her cleavage suggests an animalistic passion. The stiffness in her left arm purports tenseness and anxiety, which naturally accompanies secrecy and trust.
In short, the quality of photography here is definitely amateur, but the artistic merit is sublimely masterful. My only question is this, Is she sitting on a casting couch?
A Commentary on the Message
The artistic messages conveyed in these two images are prodigious. Every person will have many different and unique impressions of these photographs, and when this quality is present, we know we’re looking at really good art.
It’s hard to know where to begin, so I’ll just offer a few of my own first impressions here.
- Our post modern age has replaced quality materials with plastic disposables.
- Minimalism has finally dispensed with excellence, and has crossed the threshold of propriety into mere functionality.
- A woman who is truly beautiful will appear attractive, no matter what she is wearing.
- The obvious – Asian women are petite enough to fit inside a plastic bag.
- Asian women are ‘convenient’ – easy, manageable, baggable, and economically thrifty.
- “Carry me home and _______ me!”
- An innuendo of the immediate ‘throwaway’ relationship or sexual experience, which simultaneously suggests a proliferation of opportunity – ‘a land of milk and honey’.
- The combinatory effects of consumption and humanity, which could be extended into a myriad of interpretations.
And so on. These images bring forth a cornucopia of the heart, mind, society and the human experience. Like I said, that’s really good art!
Now some of these messages might be interpreted as objectifying or misogynistic, but that is where we divulge into the argument of meaning. The reality of these presumptions would depend entirely upon the motivations and intentions of the viewer within his or her own fantasy world of imagination. In other words, the image itself is not debased, but it tends to draw out the inherent thoughts and nature of the observer, which may or may not be ‘sexist’, as some like to call it. But again, that is one of the effects of good artwork!
So now I’ve incriminated myself as ‘sexist’. Great! I’m so thankful to be a real, Godly man!
Case Study 2: Aly Raisman in Sports Illustrated
Yoda brought this to my attention over at Spawny’s Space.
Hot Air (feat. Karen Townsend): Empowerment Or Exploitation: Olympian Aly Raisman Poses Nude For SI Swimsuit Edition (February 17, 2018) [Emphasis mine.]
“This month’s highly anticipated annual swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated features Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman posing nude. The word “Fierce” and a sentence “Women Do Not Have To Be Modest To Be Respected” cover her side facing the camera. It’s all about empowerment. Or something. The 23-year-old athlete participated in the “In Her Words” feature of this year’s edition – a response to the #MeToo movement. Women were encouraged to write their own messages on their bodies.”
Raisman filed a #MeToo complaint against one, Dr. Larry Nassar, and went public with her story about her sexual abuse, asking for help in the fight to support victims. Part of her ‘activism’ included raising money through the publication of this attention grabbing, nude photo of herself in Sports Illustrated.
A Commentary on the Expression
From an artistic viewpoint, the image conveys some conflicting representations, which in total, are rather confusing. The overall contradiction is figuratively illustrated in the way her fingers point to the left, while her toes point to the right. Usually, curled toes express a nubile sexual arousal, but here instead, I get the impression that the stiffness of her toes are obscenely equivalent to the middle finger.
But there is more contradiction evident.
Her body posture is decidedly closed, with the shoulder turned away from the camera, but her right knee is bent, and her left, inner thigh exposed, implying openness. Her left hand touching her chin expresses curiosity, coyness or innocence, and there is an ever so slight seductive pucker in her lips. However, her eyes and facial expression are cold and indifferent, and her left hand is completely hidden from view, indicating stealth or deception.
Overall, I would say that, if the inherent dissonance was the intended effect, then the arrangement would fit that purpose. However, if the incoherencies were not willfully intended by the artist, then the total composition of this piece (pardon the pun) is an amateur hodgepodge. Hence, the artists intentions are on yet another level of confusion.
So here we have the opposite of Case 1. The quality of photography is top rate, but the artistic merit is insipid.
A Commentary on the Message
After recalling my experiences in observing and drawing nude models who were in a very vulnerable state, both physically and emotionally, and who were simultaneously glorified beyond verbal description, the word ‘Fierce’ comes off as very insincere, and perhaps even as a snide mockery. Is this Raisman’s own message, or is it paid propaganda for Feminism? Because I feel that the person who chose to write this particular word on a nude, female model is sorely lacking in artistic sophistication, if it is not downright cruel and misogynistic. But I am sure that the p0rn and propaganda wearied public will not get that same impression. After all, it’s just another glossy print of flesh. Turn the page (or click on the arrow) for another.
“Women Do Not Have To Be Modest To Be Respected”
Now here I agree. That’s right! If a woman wants to be respected, she has basically two options, and being modest is not among them.
- Talk in a reasonable manner, and display mature, responsible behavior. (No degree is required.)
- Disrobe and pose demurely in the nude before a silent, live audience.
Thank you Aly for attempting to demonstrate the solemn truth behind the second option on the pages of Sports Illustrated! But somehow, the full, glorified effect is lacking without a group of college students and professors present.
The most important points in this essay include the following.
- The expression and message of a work of art must blend together harmoniously.
- Both Red Pill Truth, and artistic merit, are separate from meaning.
- The implication of meaning depends on the observer, and NOT on the art itself.
- The power of femininity is a diatribe of beauty, vulnerability and fertility.
- When artwork involves human subjects, both the artist, and the subject, are complicit in the work.
- A healthy respect for both beauty and nudity has been utterly debased in our post modern culture.
- Like the gorilla, the Feminist movement has no artistic appreciation, but instead, attempts to change the definitions of natural beauty.
- Feminism co-opts artistic expression to force preselected meanings of morality and value judgments onto the observer.
Being the nature of art, I cannot give you any conclusions on this matter, and it would be disrespectful to you as a human being for me to assume an imposition of any sort of meaning over these things. That is something you must ponder on and decide for yourself within your own artistic appreciation. However, in addition to the insights concerning artistic merit, I can offer the following questions to help guide your analysis.
According to the power of vulnerability discussed earlier, and with respect to the three-fold relationship between the creative artist, the human subject, and the moral observer, are these images…
- ‘Empowerment’, or ‘Exploitation’?
- Elephant art, or Guerilla art?
- Inspiring, or insipid?
- Convenient, or Despotic?
- Time (feat. Mahita Gajanan): ‘It’s Your Turn to Listen to Me.’ Read Aly Raisman’s Testimony at Larry Nassar’s Sentencing (January 19, 2018)