Posted by candyposes on 19 Feb 2007 at 08:57 am | Tagged as: Uncategorized
I make submissions of models to US Playboy — but do NOT make submissions to Hustler and Penthouse. I choose to create images that show the glory, beauty, and glamour of female models — NOT their birth canal.
Recently a photographer posted this on a modeling messageboard that I frequent.
Playboy is many things, but one thing is for sure- it does not intend to show the glory, beauty, and glamour of female models; not in the way that that photographer means, in any case. It’s porn.
Playboy is porn that you can feel not quite as guilty about buying, because you can pretend that it’s not. Just like the website Suicide Girls is porn- not “empowered punk-rock pin-up.” Porn.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. Under this category, a lot of what I’ve done is actually porn, and that’s okay with me; I’m unsure whether or not I would pose for Playboy or Penthouse, but that has nothing to do with actual content and everything to do with the magazines themselves.
I think that the Happy Feminist summed it up much better than I could regarding exactly why I’d be hesitant to pose for Playboy, or a similar publication:
Playboy, while preaching a philosophy of sexual liberation for both sexes, is all about infantilizing women. Posing naked is not inherently degrading. But walking around with a cotton-tail on your ass and bunny ears, while gushing about how doing so is the greatest honor of your life, is a bit degrading. Having the nude picture of you posted with a little cutesie yearbook entry about your likes and dislikes written in bubbly handwriting is all about portraying you as unthreatening and powerless as possible. Being one of three girlfriends fawning over 80-year old “Hef” while begging him to put naked pictures of you in his magazine and struggling to abide by the curfew he sets for you — also degrading.
I’d rather do erotic work, er…porn, that involves me wearing a strap-on in a basement in Toledo, not a bunny costume in a mansion.
Melvin Moten Jr., February 2007.