Quote Originally Posted by stinkyprofessor View Post
If we were really able to be objective about it we might see that all humans are actually nasty monkeys and we just like nude pictures for the normal reasons. (Boner city!). ... Anyway, this essay is the last word on the subject as far as I am concerned, and every nude shooter should definitely read it, at least to get an idea of the argument.


Link to essay:
Well: You really should get out and read more.
Otherwise, it's hard to see how one could consider
a 35-year-old essay built on quasi-Freudian psycho-
analytic argument to qualify as the "last word" on
anything at all. The author herself lays no claim to
objectivity. In her first paragraph, she writes:
"Psychoanalytic theory is thus appropriated here
as a political weapon, demonstrating the way the
unconscious of patriarchal society has structured
film form." Her thesis receives its first articulation
in the following sentence: "The paradox of phallo-
centrism in all its manifestations is that it depends
on the image of the castrated woman to give order
and meaning to its world."

Quote Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera View Post
I think discrediting visual pleasure is very much a sop to the academic/theoretical/political discourse on art that has so thoroughly divorced aesthetic appreciation from the understanding of art that accretions of trash are now given aesthetic and intellectual prioritization over something that demonstrates craft. It is a sign of the apocalypse that someone with enough discretionary income to consider buying Damien Hirst's pickled shark in a tank can buy a Rembrandt for less.
How about a photograph of Damien Hirst's
pickled shark, cross-processed no less?
See below for a photo of a naked shark.

[Ceci n'est pas un raquin nu.]