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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.


Interview about prostitution reform and the Swedish model of legislation

http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/laila-mickelwait.mp3 


We are called to be faithful

I am currently touring the entire continent of Australia with Exodus Cry and the Australian Christian Lobby showing the film Nefarious: Merchant of Souls to the state parliaments and to the public.  I have been in some very intense situations over the past three weeks but God has been miraculously moving and I am constantly reminded of the fact that HE is doing this work and I am blessed enough to be able to go along for the ride.  Over the past few weeks I have come to understand more and more that God will put us in situations and pit us against problems that are overwhelming…I am constantly faced with the huge global injustice of sex trafficking, the resistance of lawmakers, the lies and deception surrounding the issue and the pervasiveness of the sex industry in our culture. The question many people ask me is “this is so huge, what can we do?” I have thought about that question many times and I believe we can do our part. God has been speaking these words to me lately, “I did not call you to be successful, I called you to be faithful.”  Revelation 17:14 says,  “for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”  What does it mean to be faithful? The Greek word for “faithful” is pistos and it speaks of someone who has shown themselves trustworthy in the execution of duties. It can also refer to one that is trusting rather than trustworthy. God has called us to trust Him and to carry out the assignments He has given us to the best of our ability and HE will do the rest….

Isaiah 42 says that Jesus will bring forth justice…we do our small part and He does His big part.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.