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 Starting in March 2016, Playboy magazine will no longer publish fully nude images of women. Why the sudden change? According to the New York Times, Playboy editor Cory Jones approached the magazine’s 89-year-old editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner last month, who then agreed.  The decision was a matter of logistics: given the proliferation of internet porn and the generalized decline of adult magazines, Playboy has lost the edge and exclusivity that made it so alluring to generations of American men. Read More
Kevin Bacon wants to see wiener. Balls, butts, the whole nine yards. In a recent video, Bacon hilariously demands more male nudity in films and television, but he just may have a point. It’s true that you can catch more than a glimpse of boobs or lady tush in a single episode of Game of Thrones or True Blood, but you’ll rarely - if ever - see more than a shirtless man. What gives? We’re not just being deprived of some serious man junk, though. No, no. Read More
Yesterday, actress Caitlin Stasey wrote a story for Jezebel about her recent altercation with a misogynist magazine editor. Earlier this year, Stasey launched a website called Herself.com, which is a “safe space for women of varying backgrounds, body types and belief systems to amplify their concerns, wishes, dreams, complaints and woes—a platform dedicated to expanding the scope of visible female experience and of visible female bodies.” According the Stasey, “The courageous, luminescent women you will find there are nude, shot by female photographers. Read More
When Rihanna posted her Lui Magazine cover images, in which she happened to be topless, Instagram wasn’t having it. Within 60 minutes, the photo-sharing monolith had taken them down, warning the pop music sensation that nipples went against their no-nudity policy and that if she violated the rules again, she would have her account taken away. Rihanna was understandably miffed, but no matter: she just posted the images to Twitter and responded to Instagram with a witty meme that features a make-under image by artist Danny Evans. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. Images of idealized beauty permeate most of the media we consume, and it has for hundreds of years; throughout decades dominated by shifting aesthetics and beauty standards, the idea of the attractive female has taken numerous forms. Titian’s reclining Venus, for example, is shaped differently from the fashion models of today’s ad campaigns, and African diasporic art offers yet another ideal. More often than not, women who don't fit the mould of the day are excluded, judged, and made to feel less-than. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. Online dating and matchmaking apps, though helpful for many, are unfortunately a breeding ground for harassment. Shielded by a computer and a username, people are often emboldened to say some pretty degrading things, and sexual interest is converted into straight-out internet malice. Improper sentences (both in structure and in content) like “Bet your tight” are tossed out into the viral stratosphere, without any consideration for the target. Read More
    For those who haven’t heard, Cannes film festival favorite Blue is the Warmest Color has a graphic lesbian sex scene. A sex scene that has been debated, cursed and praised for its real and explicit portrayal of two women being intimate. Apparently, the sex scene is ten minutes long, which is an issue for a lot of people. But what is the issue? The nudity? The lesbianism? I am excited about the queer visibility that this movie promotes although it has been argued that the scene may cheapen that visibility. Read More
Ok, not gonna lie, but when I first heard that Lizzy Caplan was going to be in a show about sex, I squealed. I mean, her sex scenes in season one of True Blood made me utterly jealous, mainly because she was up close and personal with Ryan Kwanten. But a recent Vulture interview with Caplan helped me understand her new show, Masters of Sex, a bit further. Masters of Sex, which premiered last night on Showtime at 10PM EST, centers on the highly revolutionizing sex research conducted by William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) and his research partner Virignia Johnson (Caplan). Read More
The Parisian skincare line, Ella Baché, is receiving some Australian backlash for their latest advertisement. The advertisement that’s getting lots of buzz is of a few female nude models that have serious expressions on their faces. The picture is accompanied with the phrase, “Skin Solutions As Individual As You Are”. Apparently, the Australian advertising self-regulator agency, Outdoor Media Association, thought that the lack of smiles from the models gave off “sexual overtones". The ad was to be featured on a 6x3m billboard in all major cities. Read More
  I know, I know, we’re all sick of talking about Miley Cyrus. Regardless of the obvious cultural appropriation and insensitivity she displayed at the VMA’s with her twerk debacle, the debate on whether or not her overt sexuality is empowering (or degrading) continues.  Today, she released her new video for her song “Wrecking Ball.” In the song, she describes the heartbreak and loss that can come with truly falling in love with someone who might not reciprocate the feeling: “Don’t you ever say I just walked away/ I will always want you. Read More