People, what is wrong with so many of you that you can’t handle the idea of someone being naked? I realize that the US was founded by Puritans – my ancestors were some of the very first to arrive on our esteemed shores. But, aren’t we past that? Aren’t we above our Puritanical beliefs of no music, no dancing… no Footloose?!
No, this isn’t about a small, Texas town controlled by the iron will of a petty preacher man. My rantling today is brought to you by, and because of, all of those people who just can’t seem to get past nudity. Just for the record – y’all need to get over it.
You have a “birthday suit”. I have a “birthday suit”. Some are prettier than others, many I have absolutely no interest in seeing, but we all have them. When did nudity suddenly equate to promiscuity or pursuing sex? When was permission given for people to make lewd, obnoxious comments of unbridled nature or to inquire of actions or habits of my person with an allusion to licentiousness?
These comments and inquiries take on the appearance of an overly-lusty canine taken to humping ones leg. When a dog does that – I give them a knee to their underside and firmly tell them, “No!”
I model. I have, in fact, modeled nude. I have images that have been published and are floating around the great, wide world where people can see them. I have had tremendous opportunities come my way because of modeling and I’m grateful for them. I’m not self-conscious about people seeing me naked, but none of this, however, gives anyone permission to talk to me like a degenerate, libidinous reprobate. That’s not how it works.
I saw the above image going around on Facebook and… I got angry. I got angry at the comments. People were saying that this woman, despite the message written on her torso, was “asking for it”. Excuse me?
Sluts for Obama 2012 commented the following:
This photo was posted on STFU, Conservatives Tumblr page last night. The reason why I’m sharing it is not because of the photo itself (which is epic in it’s own right), but for the comments it generated.
One person wrote, “but then again, its kind like putting a meat suit on and telling a shark not to eat you”.
STFU responded (with bolded text):
“We (men) are not fucking sharks!
We are not rabid animals living off of pure instinct
We are capable of rational thinking and understanding.
Just because someone is cooking food doesn’t mean you’re entitled to eat it.
Just because a banker is counting money doesn’t mean you’re being given free money.
Just because a person is naked doesn’t mean you’re entitled to fuck them.
You are not entitled to someone else’s body just because it’s exposed.
What is so fucking difficult about this concept?”
There are more anger-inducing, fist-shakingly infuriating comments that were left over at the STFU, Conservatives page. I couldn’t read them all. I didn’t want to.
Folks, here in the USA the Violence Against Women Act wasn’t renewed. It’s sad that we even need the law to begin with – yet it was not renewed. Around the world, women are still treated as chattel, as trash, as possessions. Young women in India are raped with astounding frequency. Young schoolgirls are maimed or killed on their way to school in the Middle East all for want of an education. Even here in the USA, the human trafficking problem is horrendous.
Think about all of that for a moment. Now think about the women in your lives. Are they important? Do you care about them? Would you say to them what you hear so many men say to women that is completely out of line? Would you care if someone else said those things to them? What if it was your daughter?
So, just for the record – modeling is a job. It’s not an easy job, clothed or otherwise. Nudity does not equal promiscuity, model or not, and women are not possessions.
I am so much more than my Birthday Suit.
I encourage all who read to comment, but keep it topical and intelligent. I reserve the right to delete comments that are demeaning or stray from the topic.
Since I wrote this, more, fabulous things have been put out onto the Internet. Like this video!
And this meme: