Thursday, October 01, 2009

Are my interests prurient?

I have to say that the more I read about ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue the more I am looking forward to its release next week. And I am not the only one.
I think many are intrigued by whether and how this naked stars/serious message thing is going to work. Sure, many will be pick it up to see just how naked Serena Williams is going to be, or because they have pregnancy fetishes and want to see Jessica Mendoza's 8-month pregnant body.
But I want to know if it's really going to work--the serious with naked that is. Not that nudes cannot be serious--I have spent enough time in famous museums with my hand on my chin pondering sculptures and portraits of the naked form. But can we take it seriously in the context of ESPN The Magazine? After all this project is not a new one. Annie Leibovitz has photographed naked and nearly naked athletes as well--with far less media coverage I am pretty sure.
And as I mentioned previously, the co-ed aspect of the project does not make me any less queasy. But I was really pleased to read that there will be male and female hockey players included. (And especially curious which ones they got!) But then subsequently queasy.
But the serious message got a big blow when it was revealed that Tiger Woods turned down the magazine's invitation for him to shed his clothes (but use some strategically placed golf equipment as others apparently did for their respective sports). I mean the most serious athlete out there was not going to buy nude as serious. The editors have vowed to get him for next year's issue. I'll believe it when I see it (unless I choose not to see it).

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