Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Uncovered in New York City

Trivia: It's legal for women to go topless in New York City.

I got the idea to start this blog off with that from a post at my favorite forum. Since I don't want random folks invading it, well, let's say it's linked here but that's all I'll say.

Through that post I found out about the photography of Jordan Matter. He basically went out there after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl boob flash fiasco of 2004 which I missed because I flew into SFO from Seoul that day. Anyway, Jordan went on a mission to capture pictures of bare breasts in NYC.

Now I'm from California, so I think this is a great thing. You know, California, one of those pesky blue states with lots of strange "progressive" type folks. Nudity, no problem. Global warming, problem.

Anyway, there is simply too much of a sick focus on women looking like comic book figures. Women are sexualized and objectified to the extreme. What's bad is we seem to be willing participants in this. The unhealthy side of slim is the new norm with barely any hips yet somehow having C or D cup breasts or larger that defy gravity.

There are very few women who'd naturally have those proportions. Let me tell you right now guys if a woman is rail thin and has D cups I'll bet you a month's salary that her big perky breasts aren't real. If a woman has D cup breasts that defy gravity when she's laying down without a bra, they're definitely not real (I had to inform a male roommate of this a long time ago...he wasn't happy to hear that.) I never thought I'd be writing a blog defending Jessica Simpson for anything, and I don't want to link these jerks, but since I want you to find it easily: Jessica Simpson's Saggy Yet Useful Boobs.

Jessica Simpson’s breasts normally look spectacular, as long as you’re seeing them head on. From the side, you can definitely tell they’re huge, but you can also see signs of serious overhang. At least we can safely say that she hasn’t had a boob job yet, but she may need to look into some sort of lift pretty soon. She’s not getting any younger!
Good grief...she's 26 years old not 16. "Overhang" happens you nitwits.These will be the first people who'd slam her when that breast lift goes wrong.

Honestly, I really don't have a problem with plastic surgery, so don't start commenting about me being fat, ugly, jealous or otherwise somehow unable to look at this issue fairly. I do have a problem with how it's done now. It seems to be all about cutting and pasting, Photoshopping in real life on the human form, and that's really disturbing. It's not reconstructive. People seem to not stop with one procedure. If it were healing they'd stop after getting that nose tweeked, those breasts augmented or that fat sucked out.

Anyway, this project has been on TV a few times (and there are video clips are on his website), however it was the first I'd heard of it.

To me it's art that gets you to think.
Not all of the bodies are going to be to everyone's taste. Not all of the bodies are "picture perfect", but it's that obsession with perfection that has women today feeling more objectified that ever.

Jordan, if you ever need models for the second round, let me know.

It's really time the world tries to see women as they really are because this cut and paste mentality regarding beauty is simply out of control. It reminds me of why I just don't bother with fashion magazines anymore.

Here is the link: Jordan Matter Photography") (click on "uncovered")

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10 comments:

LBellatrix said...

Wow! These pics are inspiring. Only in NYC...Thanks for this. :)

ExpatJane said...

Hey LB!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for commenting.

I think these photos are great! This is one where, once I'm no longer a student and can afford it, I'd like to get prints of one or two shots simply because I do support the message behind it.

I saw beauty in every photo. I KNOW that with our current culture's focus on cut and paste beauty that a few people aren't going to see beauty in a lot of those shots.

Beauty is subjective, but there is more than subjectivity going on with what society accepts as the ideal these days. However, subjectivity is what will get thrown up as an excuse for it.

I hope this makes a positive impact.

innes pacific beatless said...

If you dig nudist/topless beaches check out Australia.. Particularly Coogee Beach and Mosman in Sydney.
Global warming will lead to an increase in public nudity.

New research shows Aussie mangoes are spot on for diabetes particularly the skin which can be drunk as part of a juice.

I ended up back here through some new friend's blog, why is everyone only one or two clicks away?

I was watching Mario Van Peebles 1st film Sweetback Badass..
Got any critique of his work?

ExpatJane said...

Good grief, you're such a freak.

Keep coming with the comments, I'll publish them because I seriously can't fathom why you keep showing up.

innes pacific beatless said...

thanks for freak insult/compliment!
I feel so ordinary usually..
I did take the photo you are using babe (if I may)!

ExpatJane said...

You should know since you always seem to show up that I switch the photos in my profile around, babe.

But yes, you did take that picture and so I'm doomed to have unwanted communication with you, great.

Ms. Perri said...

Hi, ExpatJane --

This is kind of off topic, but I'm looking for Black expats in Canada. Do you know of blogs by any?

ExpatJane said...

Odd request.

How about just seeking out black Canadians? I'm sure they're probably going to be the ones most likely to know black foreigners in Canada simply because they're in the black communities there.

I'm not Canadian and don't have much info on it except from the Canadians I know or I have to work with here. Sorry.

(And, next time, use the email link rather than a comment.) ;-)

PhoenixStorm said...

I see where you're coming from with no longer reading fashion rag mags. Anna Wintour of Vogue is notorious about who goes on her cover: rail thin and white with distinctive striking look.

Even when models of color graced the cover of Vogue that had to be super skinny with an edgy look. Which is why I was astounded when Jennifer Hudson made the cover of Vogue.

Maybe there is hope yet if a full figured woman like Hudson can make the Vogue cover.

phoenixstorm
http://kissmykimchi.blogspot.com

ExpatJane said...

Nice blog ;-)

phoenixstorm
http://kissmykimchi.blogspot.com