Growing up in an evangelical Christian environment I always noticed two profound things about their view of movies; nudity is bad, violence is okay.
At what point in our society did watching a dude kill a zillion people on film become okay for little Susie, but if a girl shows a little boobage on film it will end up traumatizing little Johnny for life?
I’ve never really understood this rationale.
I should probably add a disclaimer that I’m not endorsing graphic gratuitous sexuality in film, there is definitely a point where it can go from being art to being nothing more than objectification and a way in which Hollywood elites (mainly men) suppress the female gender.
I’ve always been uncomfortable with the way our society has demonized nudity but is completely desensitized to violence.
At a church I attended for quite a long time, the men in leadership would occasionally attend a movie together. The movie choice could never contain any elements of sexuality or nudity (since the minister went with them no nipples could be seen on screen) but they never had a problem with watching films with heavy doses of killing and violence.
Has anyone ever thought about the message you are sending to our children? Nakedness is evil, violence is cool.
I used to have a client who liked going to nudist resorts. He was really weird. From the experience of knowing him I am quite confident I will never go within a thousand yards of a nudist resort, that is for sure.
I’ve just never been into extremes. Nudist resorts seem extreme to me. Christians who say any form of nudity in art seem extreme to me. Remember when Attorney General John Ashcroft had the Spirit of Justice statue covered up because he was uncomfortable being photographed in front of a nude statue?
What’s wrong with people in the United States? Or is this a problem that other countries deal with as well?
For now, I think I’ll have another cup of coffee