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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I Love Tom Ford

"It was meant to be a play on the new [fragrance] campaign," Ford says—ads are running in magazines on newsstands now that show a bottle of his juice strategically placed in front of a woman's crotch, barely obscuring the holiest of holies. "But there's a double standard with featuring female nudity and featuring male nudity," Ford adds. "When people say to me, 'Well, you objectify women,' [I say] I'm an equal opportunity objectifier. We had a lot of magazines reject the female version [of the campaign], so the male version is going to get rejected even more."

I completely believe that keeping yourself covered adds mystery and allure, but in today's internet-ready, stalkerazzi-friendly society nothing is sacred. Flashing a boob is pretty standard and with all those little starlets running around without underwear... well you get the point.

The female form is such an artistic standard that even us up-tight North Americans have accepted its' prevalence in mainstream culture and to show it in all it glory is hardly subversive anymore. The exposure of the male form, however, has not enjoyed such a North American liberation. A penis is an automatic NC-17. I guess that's what you get when society has been and continues to be run by a bunch of out-of-touch misogynistic afraid-of-the-gay born-again neo-cons.


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