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VISUAL PLEASURE AND NARRATIVE CINEMA - Laura Mulvey
Goodness, what an astonishing piece of prose. I can only presume that the author is neither an artist nor an art-lover because she clearly has no grasp of the many pleasures of making, sharing and viewing art.

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Perhaps as artists we wouldn't want to rehash this same old story, or participate in the objectification and exploitation of others
Why not? The making of an artwork which shows a human is necessarily the objectification of that person: where there was a person there is now an object. And why your assumption that a nude is necessarily exploitation? Who exactly is being exploited? The model certainly isn't because she (or he) is a willing participant. Isn't it more exploitative to make a photograph of an unknowing subject than one of a knowing one? Or are you suggesting that all images of humans should be banned from art?

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There's nothing wrong with visual pleasure exactly, it's just a little problematic as art nowadays.
There is nothing 'problematic' with visual pleasure. Visual pleasure is a fabulous thing. There should be more visual pleasure in art, not less. The idea that art must be an intellectual / political / didactic experience is about as tired and worn out as that old boot rotting at the end of my garden. Art is about expression, and as such it necessarily covers the whole panoply of human experience. And that includes sex. And it includes beauty. And it includes pleasure.