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Naked is Normal

After a short failed experiment with removing nudes from its magazine, the iconic Playboy has brought the porn back in its March/April 2017 issue.  The much younger Cooper Hefner is replacing his father at the helm of the company, and is setting out to re-brand Playboy for this generation.

The front cover of the new issue has written in bold, the declaration “Naked is Normal”. Is it? Yes, I would have to agree, it is normal. In the context of a loving private relationship, of course it is normal. But that is not what we are dealing with in Playboy. There is healthy and harmful sexuality just as there is healthy and harmful food. The objectifying nudity in Playboy is certainly the later.

Next there is the aspect of the normalization of displaying and consumui-58a26784148bb9.40575153ing the hyper-sexualized female body.  In our porn saturated world, “porn culture” has indeed normalized sexual exploitation and the commodification of the human body.  

So yes, as Playboy is so boldly declaring, naked pornographic images have become normal. But why?  One reason is that our media saturated society perpetuates the “sex sells” ideal to both men and women in a powerful way. If a woman wants to be visible in today’s pornified society it is almost imperative that her sexuality be exploited and put on display for the world to consume.

Take for example your typical music or TV reality star Instagram feed.  Just scroll through some of the most famous names in pop culture and you will find a trove of photos that leave absolutely nothing to the imagination.  Kim and Chloe Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Chelsea Handler just to name a few, make getting naked on social media part of their attention grabbing, money making routine.

Playboy has returned to nudes because they know that generates a profit for them. Cooper Hefner recently tweeted, that he deemed the previous removal of nudity from the magazine a bad move. “I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” the message reads. “Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem. Today we’re taking our identity back and reclaiming who we are.”

Well Mr. Hefner, today WE women are taking OUR identity back and reclaiming who WE ARE.  Women are so much more than sexual objects–a buffet of flesh to be bought and sold as currency in the market of pop culture acceptance. We are daughters of a King, deserving of respect and dignity, and we are of great value even with our clothes ON.


Israel to Ban the Purchase of Sexual Services

By RUTH EGLASH Jerusalem Post
Last updated: 02/15/2012 18:59

Bill passes first reading in Knesset plenum, to be forwarded to parliamentary c’tee for adjustments before becoming law.

Prostitute [illustrative]

By Edgard Garrido / Reuters

A bill that will make paying for sex services a criminal offense passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday and will be forwarded to one of the parliamentary committees for further review and adjustments before becoming law.

The legislation was proposed by MK Orit Zuaretz (Kadima), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Trafficking in Women, and is supported by many Knesset members from across the political spectrum.

It will impose a sentence of six-months in jail or community service on any person who utilizes the services of a prostitute or pays for any other related sexual services.

On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation gave the bill its initial stamp of approval, and the proposed draft is already being well-received by nonprofit organizations working with victims of prostitution and trafficking.

Earlier on Wednesday, Zuaretz held a hearing in her committee to discuss the success of the bill thus far and to explore next steps if and when the law is finally passed.

In her opening statement to the committee, Zuaretz emphasized that she feels it is her duty as an elected official to “protect human dignity” and that her work in making this law a reality is part and parcel of that. She described the legislation as a central element in empowering social change with regard to prostitution and human trafficking.

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women, called the bill an “historic achievement.”

“When I signed on this law, I thought it was only a pipe dream and that nothing would really be done to protect these women,” she said.

“But I believe that if you are determined then you can, one day, create a new order in society.”

Hotovely added that in the process of making this law a reality, Zuaretz had succeeded in changing accepted social norms, similar to when the law dealing with sexual harassment was first approved.

Heads of various nongovernment organizations working to eliminate human trafficking and sexual slavery, academics and other government officials also hailed the preliminary approval of the law, pointing out that it has already gone a long way toward changing accepted social attitudes toward the country’s booming sex industry.

Although there are no official figures, it is estimated that there are currently more than 15,000 people working in the prostitution industry in Israel, 5,000 of whom are minors. Israel has been a destination country for more than 25,000 victims of human trafficking since the 1990s.

Research further suggests that many of Israel’s prostitutes and sex slaves are controlled by pimps and some experience violence at the hands of their clients. The clients come from every segment of society and every ethnic, religious and socioeconomic stratum.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Tzippi Nachshon-Glick, director of Services for Adults and Young Adults at Risk in the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, also spoke about the existing government program to help rehabilitate women looking to leave the sex industry.

Nachshon-Glick said that the program, which was initiated by the government in 2006 and receives up to NIS 10 million a year for shelters and rehabilitation programs in Haifa and Tel Aviv, will soon be expanded to Beersheba and Eilat.