Nudes in Cleveland and the Conservative Social Media Freak Out
As previously announced, artist Spencer Tunick was in Cleveland over the weekend, and photographed 100 women in the nude. This was an act of protest, as well as art – timed and placed for the RNC convention. A few of the responses on social media caught my attention, of course.
The men in this sample weren’t too bad, and honestly predictable. The women? I’d say they should be ashamed of themselves, but I know they wouldn’t know why. Since they said these things in the first place, it’s fair to guess that it’s worth taking the time to explain why they should be ashamed. First, let’s look closely at their comments.
Cheap gimmick to get attention for the photographer. How this empowers women, like some idiot commented, is beyond me. It degrades women by using their bodies…again…for attention or to “make a statement”. I have no respect for the photographer or the 100 stupid women who were part of this ridiculous stunt. Sickening.
Are we supposed to be shocked by this? Cause I’m just like whatever….they look like 100 desperate hookers trying to cash in…..what a great statement for women! Way to go Liberals!!
Both women are obviously of the opinion that women shouldn’t have pride in their bodies – even that nudity is immoral, regardless of context. They certainly do not comprehend the concept that there really are circumstances where being in the nude in public could be empowering for women. Tunick’s photography is one thing. In this particular case, there is much more involved, which requires reading. (Maybe reading beyond just headlines is beyond these two stellar women.)
All of the women in the photograph gave Tunick their reasons for wanting to be included. There were somewhere around 1700 who wanted to participate, but the artist limited it to 100. Perhaps that says it is more than just a stunt? Let’s take a look at a few of those statements, shall we?
As a woman, I want to stand up for my reproductive rights. As a Hispanic, I want to be seen as a member of this community. As a first-generation American, I want to show that anyone deserves the opportunity to come here. As a young woman, I want to embrace my body and everyone else’s size and shape. As a human being, I want to stand up against Trump and other Republicans whose hateful speech towards women, immigrants, lgbt people, and all “others” is poisoning this nation.
Being a participant in Spencer’s installation allows women to be the medium, rather than the object. We are so often objectified in our society, being told our self worth is directly related to our appearance. The mirrors reflect the viewer and environment, a message of connection and statement of empowerment.
Well, that woman definitely wanted to make a statement. Agree or disagree with her politics, the fact is that she seems to have decided to participate because she was feeling marginalized by the people meeting in Cleveland this week. She’s not alone, if one pays attention to the polls of potential voters. Also, in case anyone is wondering, it’s difficult to treat a woman as an object, even if she’s nude, if she is refusing to consider herself one.
I was recently sexually assaulted (for the third) time in my life .. It’s really been affecting me … The fact that this happens again … I’m dealing with a lot of shame and I don’t want to feel ashamed anymore – I want to set boundaries and not let others cross them but I also want to stand up and not be afraid to own my own body .. I think participating in this will be a freeing experience for me.
I suppose this means that self-healing from sexual assault is now a gimmick engaged in by hookers, right?
I would like to participate in this specifically because I’m not supposed to. Today is my 47th birthday. That alone means, as far as society is concerned, I shouldn’t be nude outside the home. I’m also chubby – I’m 5 feet, three inches tall and 170 pounds. I shouldn’t be naked, says America. I’m a married lady and no one should see me in the buff besides my husband and my doctor, says the world.
No, it’s not the whole world saying no to this woman. It definitely is the Victorian, uptight folks meeting in Cleveland, though. Handy that this happened there…
I would be honored to take part in your project on a personal level because I am a survivor of sexual abuse, rape and physical violence during childhood. I grew up living under the dominance and controlling nature of the men in my family system. I was suffocated, strangled and had knives thrown at me. I attended 16 schools by the time I left in 10th grade. My first abuse began when I was 4 and ended when at 15 I was forced to give a child up for adoption who was a result of the sexual abuse.. After returning from the hospital he started up once more and something snapped in me and I never returned to live at home again.
There are no words to cover why that woman cannot be categorized as those women on Facebook did.
No, the conservatives may not say another word about the hypocrisy of feminism as we see it today, and try to claim the high ground as people who accept women as equal. The conservatives disagreed with and totally failed to comprehend why those 100 women decided to pose in the nude in Cleveland. Yet another situation of both sides talking, and no one listening. It wasn’t even necessary to agree with those women, just simply respect their choice. Respect. That is what is truly dying here.