Is This NSFW?

25 Mar

On the one hand: boobies. Of a First Lady even. And this First Lady in particular. But on the other hand: I find it oddly asexual. Not that it’s supposed to titillate but that’s a gorgeous woman with a beautiful body – surely it ought to affect me in some way other than a clinical appreciation of the photograph itself? I mean, I’m looking at her and thinking, those are great proportions like I’m some kind of jaded runway coordinator who’s inured to naked models. Maybe watching too many raunchy Bollywood videos lands you in the same place.

Also, why is it more acceptable to show your breasts than your vagina? I understand why men cover their penises – it’s all out there in plain sight and they have a distressing habit of judging each other on it. But women? It’s all neatly tucked out of sight. So what’s the problem?

If it came down to it, I’d rather cover my breasts. I could always cross my legs. However, I somehow doubt anybody’d offer me $4,000 for it.

[Carla Bruni: Nude First Lady of France]


Posted by on March 25, 2008 in Celebrity, Entertainment


16 responses to “Is This NSFW?

  1. terri

    March 25, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Only $4,000? For that price I’d rather keep my clothes on, merci beaucoup.

  2. sidekick

    March 25, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    i agree…. meh! something oddly detached in the reaction to a near perfect body. not sure why………. and i agree $4000 seems shockingly low. i’m more affected by that!

  3. Ashutosh

    March 25, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Tch tch. Can’t everyone see how thin and starving Bruni is? Of course she would model for dirt cheap.

  4. rads

    March 25, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Agree with terri. That’s peanuts. ..but then again, I don’t find her as a gorgeous bod. Seriously. Just look at her again, and I mean look! :–))

  5. OrangeJammies

    March 26, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Ouch. That went cheap. I’d be seriously offended if I were a model and was paid peanuts for baring it all.
    And yeah, you’re right. There’s something very critique-worthy in there, but nothing to intrigue me. The least she could’ve done is be supportive of the Vagina Monologues.

  6. Ashutosh

    March 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Poor girl. Thin and starving. I am not surprised she would model dirt cheap…

  7. dipali

    March 26, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I think it is the coyness of the stance or her joyless expression which makes it an unbeautiful picture to me.

  8. Jawahara

    March 26, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    I think the picture looks rather clinical to me. Like a photograph in some textbook, labeled “Proportionate Female Figure.” Not sexy. Weird!

  9. ana

    March 26, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    i remember this art book meant for coffee tables, and at the last page or so, henri matisse looking rather clinically at one of his nudes. ah, the gaze. there is something oddly disturbing about this, and ’tis not the money. . . i think it is both the expression and her stance that make this somewhat unimpressive.

  10. M

    March 26, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Agree that it looks a very clinical picture…very asexual – but maybe I’m wrong – I didn’t have much of a he reaction and hadn’t really looked at the title when checking your site yesterday, but colleague looking over my shoulder (common area/lunchtime) was shocked, so NSFW I guess….


  11. headmistress

    March 26, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    agree with all the above – nice looking as she is, this pic seems so detached from any typical sexual imagery – the faux-modesty seems a little odd.

    men’s bits though – they need to be covered. Something from Plath always comes to mind – I think from the Bell Jar – about penises looking like bits of turkey necks and gizzards… always makes me feel bad for the boys 🙂

  12. Amrita

    March 27, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Terri – I don’t know if thats what she got paid but thats what the pic is selling for. I guess she took it off for art not cash coz girl isnt hurting for money.
    Also, welcome back online!

    Rads – as long as she’s not anorexic, I think she’s lovely 😀 I also kinda admire her for not getting her boobs done. Or is that really an Anglo American fetish?

    Sidekick and OJ – lol, if the pic is selling for 4K then she presumably got paid even less. How do you feel now?

    Dipali – hmmm, that could be it. To me, she looks like one of those dolls with floppy limbs, carefully arranged. Now I’m creeping myself out 😀

    Jawahara – the word that came to me was antiseptic.

    Ana – So you think its connected to the photographer’s perception? That’s pretty interesting.

    M – 😀 I’m sorry, I didnt mean to get you in any awkwardness. The reason I asked the question is because for a lot of people nudity means sexual and this NSFW period… but then there are nudes like these that arent porn in the least, so i thought i’d ask you guys.

    And talking of guys, I see not a single one has shown up 😛

    HM – I know! the poor things. nuts and berries aren’t aesthetically pleasing in the least. I don’t remember that line but I will now hug it close to unleash at an inappropriate moment. 😉

  13. nucleardreams

    March 28, 2008 at 11:03 am

    4000$ is not bad for someone so thin and starving…
    This is Ashutosh by the way. I could not leave any comment earlier using my regular blog name. Incidentally, just wanted to say that my regular blog is The blog you have linked to on desipundit is one on which I only occasionally write. In any case, those articles are always linked to on my blog. Just in case you want to change the link.

  14. Dileep

    March 28, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I actually think it’s a lovely picture in terms of the pose. Does it elicit a sexual response? No, but I don’t think it was intended to, in the same way that David probably doesn’t excite too many women.
    As for her body, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it provided she’s not anorexic…at least, she’s not pumped up with silicon.
    Nice blog…

  15. Amrita

    March 28, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Ashutosh – I retrieved your comments from my spam queue 🙂 Give it a try once more with your own name and if it doesn’t go through… well, i know who nucleardreams is now. And I’ve made the changes. Thanks for letting me know.

    Dileep – I agree, its a nice photograph and you’re spot on with the silicone thing. It’s just that it leaves me emotionally cold. And thank you 🙂 come back often.

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