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Bring Back an Appreciation of Nude Females

In defense of one of Western art's great triumphs.

by
Sarah Hoyt

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October 9, 2013 - 8:00 am

Not that this appreciation has ever been lacking among straight males.  However, among the Militant Feminist Wing of the Current Cultural Insanity (TM) , it’s become normal to decry any representation, no matter how artistic, of the unclad or partially clad female. They blur the lines — or pretend not to understand the distinction — between art and porn, and charge blithely ahead into Victorian-like prudery.

For instance, I caught more than a little trouble for the cover of (Prometheus Award-winning) Darkship Thieves, which the Militant Feminist Wing deemed to be “demeaning to women” for featuring a partly clad female.  They thus revealed both their ignorance — since even much better known authors than I have little to no say on their covers — but also their hypocrisy since none of them objects to the covers of Urban Fantasy books which often feature far more suggestive covers.

This cover is highly offensive because it shows a beautiful and confident female.  This means women are exploited.  Or something.

This cover is highly offensive because it shows a beautiful and confident female. This means women are exploited. Or something.

I confess that while I’ve always been aware of what a “beautiful woman” is and I’ve appreciated paintings like Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, I didn’t fully appreciate how the human form — male, female, old, young, conventionally beautiful or not — can be rendered beautiful in art.

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The crazy wing of feminism would have you believe Sandro Botticelli painted this because he hated women.

Now, according to the Telegraph, efforts are afoot to make sure the female form is enjoyed as art, once more.

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘camgirl?’ Do you instantly think of Botticelli’s Venus, Manet’s Olympia and Picou’s Andromeda – beautiful, proud, sometimes tragic, nudes, lounging around in famous art galleries for the entire world to see?……………..

Well thanks to 21-year-old former London College of Fashion student Vanessa Omoregie, this perception of camgirls could be about to change.

Omoregie’s tumblr blog, Camgirlsproject, invites any woman to copy the pose of a nude from a famous painting on a webcam and send it to her. She then merges the original painting and the webcam image, to create some quite visually startling, and some stunning, works.

I wish them luck, of course.  Will they succeed?  Probably not.  I mean, most people looking at Webcams aren’t doing it for the art.  On the other hand, their efforts are bound to make the crazy wing of feminism even crazier, and that counts as a win in my book!

Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. Hoyt.com or check out her writing and life blog at According to Hoyt.com.

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The gist of the problem is that the classical concept and aestheticism of beauty has been replaced by the new ugliness. The American culture particularly revels in the concept of ugliness and repulsiveness. It is disheartening to see so many young Americanized females parading around with tattoos and piercings and dressed in the ugliest cloths one could imagine. Ugliness is the keynote of the culture of the new world order which is being foisted on the world by the American World State.
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I bow to no one in my appreciation of nekkid women. And I don't think you can distinguish erotic appreciattion from "real art" all that easily either.
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As an example of no longer being able to separate reality and The Onion, I have no idea if you are making that up or not.
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my classmate's sister-in-law makes $68/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for five months but last month her check was $21971 just working on the internet for a few hours. this post...... WWW.Rush64.COM
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God's finest work is the adult human Female. Human babies run a very close second.
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From "The Communist Takeover Of America - 45 Declared Goals (1963)"

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
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Bring it back? When did it leave the building?
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Speaking as someone who has to go to Confession today for looking at naked females on the internet, I'm not sure whether I should agree with you or not, especially seeing how the Catechism pretty much stated no to looking at nudity.
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And yet, the (Catholic) Renaissance and Baroque masters had absolutely no problem with creating nude art, and neither did the Catholic church. Is there something you know that past Catholics don't? You know, humanity wouldn't exist if men didn't have that insatiable urge to look at and be around naked young females. The Catechism was written by celibates who had little or no experience in life. You must live a miserable existence if you obey the depraved and anti-life imperative of punishing yourself for looking at naked chicks.
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And then, there's Michelangelo's David.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_(Michelangelo)
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Ahh, the soft white, creamy or cinnamon skin, the way the light and shadows play on it,"Touch me" it says, "Caress me" and I almost ... TATOO!!!! ... Oh Damn!
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I've enjoyed nekkid women since before I knew why. I think camgirls is a very creative and yes, cool idea. If it gets the feministterrorists panties in a wad, even better.
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A space-station full of shape-changing non-white gay elves who travel to other solar systems on beams of anti-imperialist pure love fighting privilege, racist albinos, cultural appropriation and seeding diversity isn't all that much of a stretch.

It can be a new genre: space-ballet.
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"However, among the Militant Feminist Wing of the Current Cultural Insanity (TM) , it’s become normal to decry any representation, no matter how artistic, of the unclad or partially clad female."

Only if a heterosexual, non-leftwing man is enjoying it.
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No, it's the enjoying part they object to. So long as we're all as miserable as the feminists, they're happy ;-)
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