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Invasion of the glamor shot aliens

In the the first Men in Black movie Will Smith’s character discovers that “all models are aliens.”  In the most recent MIB he tells us that those model aliens are from the planet Glamoria. We laugh because it is such a out of whack train of thought. Sure models are different but aliens nah!

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Still that seems to be the trend in thinking for a recent spate of criticisms flying through the online nudie community.  The criticism goes like this. Glamor shots regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor are not naturist because they are staged and posed. They are not nudists because the models are all perfect looking “photoshopped beasties from the planet Glamoria.”They don’t represent real people with real bodies.

No glamor Shots image courtesy @ibansaram

This is a reoccurring problem faces by the nudist/naturist community trying to define itself in and either or way in a both and world. First it was criticism of self shot mirror pics and now the not so self shot glamor photos. Sure some “glamor” shots do not reflect the nudist/naturist ideals. For the most part those are cleary identifiable either becuse of the site from which they originate or feeling they evoke. However some are artistic and genuinely represent the beauty of the nude body something nudist and naturists alike could appreciate. If we cannot appreciate the modern nude aesthetic, then what do we do with the statue of David or the Venus de Milo both of which represent the idealized body form?How do we handle the body positive photo sites that use both candid and glamour nude photographs to promote positive body image and breakdown stereotypes?  What do we do with those very non idealized bodies but  some cases highly glamorized poses and photoshopped presentations?

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What do we do with with individuals who express comfort in their own skin by taking glamor shots of their own?

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Personal glamor shots Courtesy @sarica77

I suggest that all  proponents of clothes free living but especially traditional naturists and nudists need ask these questions. That is the only way to come to grips with the new world, where artistic nude images must unfortunately coexist alongside images meant to elicit more sexual than sensual responses. Like so many issues of nudity in our culture I believe the problem is the blurring of the lines between artistic nude photography and images meant to evoke a sexual response and arousal. Our society is so inundated by by sexual nude imagery that it is hard to filter through the, to see the truly positive images. We should try to avoid broad generalizations about these issues as this is the exact thing that the nudist/naturist community is seeking from society at large. Nudist don’t liked being seen as perverts just because we are nude.  If we can learn to take each situation and asses it individually discerning whether it supports a body positive nudist/naturist ideals or not we might be able to educate other about the different. In the process we might also find some new allies for the cause.

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6 thoughts on “Invasion of the glamor shot aliens

  1. Getting started, I think we have to keep two old platitudes in mind: 1. “We mustn’t compare apples and oranges” and 2. “There’s no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to any problem”.

    When I put the “no commercial glamour shots” collage together and published it on my Twitter, it was a reaction to a perceived upswing in the number of images showing up in my Twitter feeds of young, vibrant, mega-fit beauties — photoshopped into perfection – who occasionally (no, not always) were shot in poses that would make circus contortionists proud. It’s these commercially produced images targeted at the mass “adult” market that I object to in naturist forums because, as I captioned, they “don’t reflect the naturist lifestyle”.

    I don’t object to their existence per se – but I really don’t think they are a fair and honest representation of the people I meet at naturist events, beaches, or resorts.

    As an amateur photographer myself, I have taken my fair share of artistic nudes; as a naturist/nudist I am certainly not against photographic depictions of the nude human body. That being said – and without wanting to trample on anyone’s sense of aesthetics – I think we in the naturist/nudist community are doing ourselves a great disservice when we make a habit of only propagating just one body shape/size, only one age group, and (quite often) one gender. This is especially true if some people feel they can’t come to naturist venues because they don’t conform to the “body norm” in those pictures and/or feel compelled to starve themselves down to the “right” body shape.

    Possibly, the weirdest consequence of uploading sexy pictures labelled “nudist” is that some young “gentlemen” see those pictures and are then drawn to naturist venues in search of “hot, luscious babes” – only to be seriously disappointed when they encounter pudgy, ageing males like myself.

    There is no one pat answer when it comes to nudes and photography: every kind of image [“adult” or not, “artistic” or not, posed or candid] has its place and serves its purpose in our society; we should take the time to ask ourselves, however, whether it’s a good idea or not to associate ourselves and our lifestyle with a certain type of image that doesn’t necessarily portray nudist reality.

    Last but not least, I’d like to mention that – though it may sound contradictory to some because I put the “no commercial glamour shots” collage together – I clicked the “it depends on the intent” button in the poll.

    Why did I do that? Because one size does not fit all and, in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with most artistic nudes and privately-funded glamour shots.

  2. Very good piece. My tumblr feed includes all of those types of photos you talk about, from natural poses at a resort, to the highly professional glamour shots. I seem to enjoy see photos of the nude figure regardless of its shape or size, or stylized or snapshot. Maybe some think I’m being voyeuristic, but to me it’s just the appreciation of the beautiful body. It even at times is for the sense of longing — longing to have a more fit, slimmer body. I know that sounds vein, and I do accept how my body looks, not being afraid to be seen in public, but I always wanted to be taller, slimmer and more muscular. I guess that’s the David syndrome taking affect.

  3. Yes there are problems caused by glamour, pornography and photo-shopping but that problem would be much smaller if people were allowed to see what people really look like. Should young people find out what people look like from the BBC or the porn and glamour industries? At present the BBC self censors to the point of systematically falsifying history. The BBC is just one example of the largely hidden censorship that is causing so many problems because it perpetuates body-ignorance and body-falsehoods.

  4. great article man! This guy is talking some things i’ve been speaking about for the past year.

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