April 24, 2024

Showing Your Stuff No Longer a Problem

Vanessa Anne Hudgens - Reuters At least, that’s what our culture is telling the younger set. At one time, not so long ago, a Miss America contestant was forced to relinquish her title because some nude photos were found of her.

Now, we live in a time where a sex tape or naughty pictures are almost expected. The latest, Vanessa Anne Hudgens (pictured right) of “High School Musical”, had photos discovered of her sans clothes. The reaction?

While some expressed outrage, many fans pledged support on her MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/vanessahudgens.

Some lashed out at her critics.

“Quit moaning and if you have any kind of decent filtering on the computer, kids aren’t going to see it,” wrote one poster on a media blog Web site at http://acemanonline.wordpress.com.

Why is this the case? Because there’s hypocrisy out there on this issue. It’s not just me saying this, check this out from Robert Thompson, professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University:

“While filling in a survey, people will always check off with one hand that there’s too much sex and violence in the media, while using the other hand to search for that kind of material.”

Selling sex has power right now. It’s temptation to men and attention for women. It’s something that gets you noticed, and it’s impossible to avoid while you’re on the Internet.

Men are the problem here– they have a duplicitous opinion of this stuff. They don’t seem to mind looking at other girls/women as long as it’s not their daughter/wife/friend. They’ve detached the moral absolute from the concept and don’t see that it’s wrong unless it’s someone near to them– forgetting that all of these girls that show themselves are someone’s daughter, friend, wife…

I fear that the predictions in the article are right, though. It won’t be long until it’s either common practice to distribute nude shots for every performer, or there will be a return to modesty and decency. It’s up to us that know to do right to encourage the latter.

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