Nudity in Pop Culture: What’s Up With That?

(Warning: In general, I try to steer away from controversial/preachy/argumentative blog posts but sometimes a girl has got to just get some things off her chest. Everyone is entitled to their own personal opionion after all, right? And if you disagree with what follows, well then you have a right to that opinion as well.)

J Lo
Nudity in pop culture: what's up with that?

Why is nudity so common place now? Call me a prude or close minded but I just don't understand why female nudity is so normalised in our culture or why every pop icon needs to 'bare all' at least once in their career. Why is it that in almost every single music video out there, there seems to be an acute lack of clothing and an over abundance of sexual imagery? Why does every movie, no matter how 'family friendly' have to have at least one sexually charged scene in the mix? And why oh why is posing nude for a photoshoot so commonplace?

Sure I get the idea of 'if you've got it, flaunt it' but I never really took to that notion. There used to be a difference between sensual and sexual but apparently not anymore.

Emma Watson: Still keeping it classy

Some stars of course still choose classy over controversial (case in point: Emma Watson), but such women are sadly in the minority. Not to mention how much time and effort the media (especially the Internet), seem to put into trying to find nude pictures of such stars.

Call me old fashioned but showing too much skin seems to me to take the allure out of the equation. There's no mystery left, it's just all out there for the entire world and their uncle to ogle at. Yes, it's your body and you can put it on display for the world to see if you so choose, but where's the class in that? Where's the beauty?

Pictured: beauty

Everyone has a right to dress the way they want or do what they want sure but what scares me is the normalisation of nudity in pop culture. Hell, you can't flip through 3 channels on cable these days without getting an eyeful of way too much flesh. Frankly, as the mother of an infant daughter, it scares me. What message are we sending the next generation? What message do we want to send? I'm still in my 20s so I really can't say 'back in my day' but seriously people, when did this:

Rihanna

Become sexier than this:

Audrey Hepburn

Break the Internet indeed.

 

What do you think dear readers? Do you think the normalization of nudity in pop culture is good or bad or perhaps unimportant?

 

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Nudity in Pop Culture: What’s Up With That?

  1. It is sad that there are some famous women out there that seem to feel the need to put everything out there as a way of getting attention. I hope that I’ve raised my daughter to realize that class will always last while the attention garnered from showing what should be kept private withers quickly.

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  2. In my humble opinion, there’s a difference between nudity (which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing) and… sexualization — and that goes for both genders. One can be nude without being a sex object.

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  3. I couldn’t agree more. I try to keep it classy and even when I do I feel like I’m doing something wrong. Take Halloween for instance. The last Halloween party I went to I went as Olive Oyl with the long skirt and long-sleeved shirt. (It’s always cold on Halloween) I was surrounded by half naked women barely keeping what was covered from spilling out. It was awful and it made me feel like my costume sucked.

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