If you don’t want to see a naked Kate Moss, don’t click through. Because she’s naked. Gloriously, magnificently nude. But so powerful, so intensely a WOMAN that I look at these and almost don’t even see a naked person. I see a woman owning herself. When I wrote about Miley Cyrus, someone emailed me and told me that they too were conflicted about her. Was it empowerment, or something else? I don’t know either. But with Kate, it’s so clear. It was photographed by photographer duo Mert & Marcus and Kate wears bunny ears with Saint Laurent pumps on the magazine’s 60th anniversary cover. The spread is more Helmut Newton than it is Playboy, is it not? Like I would totally hang this.
I think about women and “modesty” a lot. The concept of the male gaze. Thoughts on how a woman should look and act in public. Dress codes for women. Patriarchy. Personally I think a burka and a bikini are more alike than they are different: both can be tools of the male gaze. Both can define women by their sexuality… if we let them I guess. I don’t know what the answer is, I really don’t. I really liked this art project called “Mormon Women Bare” – a mormon photographer photographed some mormon women naked (and unlike Kate, they LOOK naked) in protest of the societal pressures on mormon women. “Mormon Women Bare is about reclaiming. It is about women reclaiming our bodies from a culture that teaches us that we belong to men, to God, to the society that objectifies us. It is about reclaiming the female body as more than just an object of lust or resistance.” – is the description of the project. Is nudity the answer to the problem? Is being naked really reclaiming anything? I REALLY DONT KNOW. For myself, I have problems – real philosophical problems- with a dress code for women. I just do. To me, it means that I’m being defined by my sexuality at all times- no matter my age, no matter my status, no matter what else I’m doing. And I just know that I am so much more than a sum of body parts. I also won’t take responsibility for how men look at me. That’s part of a rape culture ideology- aka she was asking for it. But I do think I dress myself and carry myself in a way that I would be comfortable in all situations. And when I look at Miley’s reclaiming of her sexuality- it makes me uncomfortable, because, well BECAUSE. It’s a tough swim upstream in a rapids infested river for us women, and all I want is a canoe. There are no right answers right now. ANYWAY…. I could go on and on about this. I just want women to feel powerful and make choices for themselves fully in the know of what they are doing. What those choices are doesn’t matter to me. RA RA RA – WOMEN! Now back to the nudity.
This might be the first Playboy I buy for myself.