It was the perfect day to build a snowman.Or snow-woman, if preferred. And so Eliza Gonzalez and her two children created their own snow version of the famous Venus de Milo sculpture, albeit without the head. One neighbor evidently complained and soon the police were knocking at Ms. Gonzalez’s door requesting that she cover or destroy the nude snow woman. So, rather than just destroying fruit of their labors, her daughter found a bikini top and a sarong to make the snow woman “legal.”
One of these snow sculptures is pornographic…Can you identify which one? The nude? … Wrong. The nude sculpture accurately portrays God’s beautiful design for a woman’s torso. It makes no “statement” and tells no lies. The “clothed” version, however, definitely does make a statement. It says that even the representation of a woman’s breast in snow is lewd. It is sexual. It is provocative. It is dangerous to our moral purity to be observed. It is, in fact, indecent. And the sarong? Well, everyone knows that it’s wrong to see a woman’s loins uncovered… even if she is only made of snow.
That’s a Pornographic Perspective!Only one of these two versions of the Venus de Milo insults the woman’s form it displays… the one in the bikini. And it tells us a lie about what that form means. That lie is that the most significant thing to be observed in the female form is its sexual impact. (see this article) Clothing the snow sculpture gives us permission—and even encourages us—to continue thinking pornographically about a woman’s body! Ironically, it was not the artist who crafted the nude snow-woman who sexually objectified the female form, but the neighbor who complained about it! In fact, after her daughter had dressed the sculpture as seen in these photos, Ms. Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “I thought she looked more objectified and sexualized after you put the bikini on.” (See this online article about the Snow Venus.) I think she’s right.
Pornographic Thinking Empowers PornographyIt matters how we think about the unclad human form. It matters what we think it means. It matters because how we think about it drives how we respond to it. That is simply inescapable. I like to say it this way:
We sinfully view the unclothed human form because we have a sinful view of the unclothed human form. Tweet this— Pastor David Martin =========================== For more on this topic:
Gordon College: Policy on Nude Art Models — A Christian College Art Department uses live nude figure models.
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