Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Male nude bad, female nude good

A gallery has replaced a painting of a naked man with a female nude after it received dozens of complaints from men. If this is the picture it seems pretty harmless to me.

"More than 30 men voiced their objection. Some said the picture would upset women, others said it was pornographic."

Yeah, they were just worried it might upset women.

(Gallery Owner) Mark Jason said: "We did not anticipate just how uncomfortable and angry men would feel about a screenprint of a naked man... it seems female nudity is deemed as more acceptable to the general public... I resent having been forced into this situation but the amount of people walking in off the street to express their displeasure almost equalled the amount of people wanting to buy the images."

Of course classical and traditional art includes the male nude, but its noticeable that the boundaries of the acceptable have been redefined, and sexuality limited to the male gaze on the female object.

Do you think the men who complained were worried that women would look on the picture in a sexual way, or that other men would? Or what?
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