Regarding using male violence to create female nudity in media:
- fireami said: what do you mean no longer sexy. was it ever sexy really. maybe at one point (when literal censorship was on) it was still SHOCKING…
This depends who you are asking.
Are you asking me now? No, it never really was sexy. Violence isn’t sexy ever. Nonconsensual sex is never sexy. Wardrobe malfunctions as a result of assault, not sexy, nope. Never has been.
…because now I learned to empathize with women and can no longer look at a rape scene without being appalled by the victimization of the woman in the picture.
…because now I understand the concept of rape culture (even though I still have tons to learn about the ramifications) and I can no longer look at female nudity based on male violence in media without feeling this is exactly what contributes to it.
However, are you asking me like 15 years ago? None of these filters apply. You gave me a two page spread of a well drawn female character naked in sex poses and I dug it. You gave me an anime with a female character having her nipples out, I was happy. …no matter the circumstances of that scene.
Many men don’t have this filter. Many men compartmentalize the violence from the sex – that’s why AAA games all need to have a brothel scene, that’s why “damage” in so many anime means “exposed bra”, that’s why female super heroes need to be sexy even when beaten unconscious.
It’s NOT shocking to men to see women abused as long as those women are hot enough to make it worth it. What you rightfully say is shocking, is at best “edgy” for men or “mature” for adolescent men.
This is male gaze. This is sexual objectification. And yes, men find objectification sexy – and so did I once – because we don’t care about women as people.
Nowadays whenever I see it I just get angry with how “natural” it is for so many writers and media producers to exploit images women and how “natural” it is for male audiences to not give a fuck.
That’s why I say “It’s no longer sexy.”.