Friday, September 14, 2007

Comfortable in (Nothing But) Their Own Skins

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

From Reuters:

Two decades after a nude photo scandal helped cost a Miss America her title, Americans may be adopting a more ho-hum attitude toward people who bare it all for the cameras.

Some experts say the Internet and more explicit TV are fostering a more relaxed response by Americans to public displays of bare flesh, even if many people profess to be more conservative.

Take, for example, the muted reaction to nude photos of 18-year-old Vanessa Hudgens, the star of Walt Disney Co.'s squeaky clean "High School Musical" franchise.

Here' the truffle quote from Paul Levinson, communication and media professor at Fordham University:
I do think that general attitudes about nudity are becoming more relaxed, but these changes take time, which is why there's still mixed responses. We as a society are finally growing up and it's a healthy thing.

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Query: Isn't Fordham supposed to be a Catholic university?

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So here's another example, in both deed and explanation, that the pornification of America continues. I'm sure it's going to get worse before it gets better; a nation capable of anti-tobacco zealotry is surely capable of turning the tide here, but whither the tipping point?

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