The Line Between Artistic Nudity and Porn

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The human body is an incredibly beautiful thing. It comes in so many different shapes and sizes and colors and it can do so many amazing things. It only makes sense that we would want to include it, in all it’s forms, in our art.

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However, what makes a piece artistically nude, as opposed to pornography?

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I started wondering this as I scrolled through new submissions on DeviantArt. I came across a photo of a curvaceous woman wearing nothing but a few pieces of jewelry. She stands, hands on hips, blank-faced.

I stared at it for a long time before realizing that I really didn’t see anything artistic about it. It looks like those naked pictures stupid teenage girls take for their equally stupid boyfriends.

See Image Here

 

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As I moved on to look through their “artistic nude” section, curious to see  how much else was like this, I came across many more photos like this. This one, in particular, made me question what made this art:

Photo: looking up

This photo looks like someone just snapped it and threw it online. No thought, no lighting changes, just *click* *post*.

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Then I came across this, in contrast:

Photo: Lifting
This photo has lighting, tone, and really is beautiful. The comments even say so.

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Which is something else interesting – you can tell a nude photos artistic quality by the comments. There are a plethora of bound/gagged women, *click**post* photos, etc, which comments like “so sexy,” and a lot of grody things I’m not comfortable repeating. And the people posting the photos encourage these unartistic comments by saying things like “I’d let you” or “you can do whatever you want to [insert body part]”.

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Overall, it seems like DeviantArt’s artistic nude section has become a haven for people desperate for attention, and to hear that they are beautiful, regardless of the actual ARTISTIC value of their photo.

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I’d like to ask those of you who read this to offer your view on artistic nudity, especially in comparison to pornography.

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Peace, Love, and Art

Jaxibella

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