Are Fashion Bloggers The New Pornographers?

Bianca Balti Topless by Fabio Raineri

Larry Flynt and the Rest of Us

I’ve never been one to criticize Hustler’s Larry Flynt, because at the end of the day, most of us will prostitute ourselves for page views. I guess the above is a business article?

Perhaps I sound erratic on Benjamin Kanarek Blog (BKBlog), criticizing Emmanuelle Alt for not being sensual enough and making the case that sexuality in marketing is spot on when done with class, sensitivity and brand relevance one day — and wondering out loud whether as bloggers and journalists, we have any codes of proper use of nudity on websites the next.

Questions

Are we filtering these articles and images for the search engines (AOC does religiously) or are we just saying f*** it? We all know sex generates Page Views, but I see some fashion bloggers/trendmeisters upping the ante big time the last few weeks.

Gone is the word ‘nudity’ in an advance warming, fewer nsfw, screen captures from videos that take a fashion brand moment on the runway and make it a voyeuristic come-on for page views.

Our use of nudity is not only filtered for the search engines. We advise in advance with a warning, and almost never open with nudity in the two images that comprise the excerpt. We will never use a naked body or nipples for the website lead without an extraordinarily good reason.

The only one that comes to mind was Eniko on NOWNESS because every image involved nudity and selling prestige jewelry, the images were too important to ignore.

Eniko Mihalik for Nowness.com

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

When I look in the mirror, I must answer to myself on this complex issue: when am I cashing in on nudity for web traffic? When am I exploiting the female body, as a person who believes that physicality is not a sin?

Women trust me to make the right decision, to balance their desire for respectability with an exploration of their sensuality. They write me that they have never felt treated so beautifully in their lives as they do on Anne of Carversville. It must be my woman’s touch . . . Or an ounce of ethics.

These images are just another commercialization of women’s bodies . . . A tendency thousands of years old. Mind you, AOC stands for liberalism on nudity, but preferably within a thinking-person’s context. When one purports to write a business article and features Candice Swanepoel nude as the big picture, the website is trolling for page views.

Candice Swanepoel in Hustler

These images are just a gratuitous selling of sex for web traffic, and I don’t believe the strategy will carry the day long-term with an audience that is predominantly female. Alexa.com gender demographics for the two websites validate my point that they shouldn’t piss off the women.

Nudity Is Great When Properly Used

I am the first person to agree that women like and pursue editorials that feature nudity. This is why I’m fighting to put more sensuality in our lives, to open Pandora’s box on these issues.

Ironically, AOC has more gender balance in our readers, because guys actually try to understand my female perspective. More balanced use of nudity and more thoughtful guys relating to ideas and discourse. Interesting factoid.

Importance of Boundaries

Do bloggers have an ethical position of just how far we will go with nudity? Will Alexa.com rank determine the answer? As the competition heats up, will more naked bodies be the headlines — and not the insider content — of fashion blogging websites? Do we have any obligations to take a few moments, trying to search for a model’s name? Or is she just a naked body?

Granted, we all recognize Candice Swanepoel.

Thankfully, at least the name Lise Charmel (image below) is now spelled correctly. On Friday I thought the brand name — Lise Sharmel — didn’t matter at all. The purpose was page views of ti** and not a prestige lingerie brand, whose name could be verified in a 5 second Google search.

We all make mistakes and my own typos have caused private memos from readers asking “how can such a brilliant woman make so many typos”? Because I type 90 wpm, but it’s no excuse.

Nudity As Natural or Intellectual

I predict a sorting out between those of us who do feature nudity with class and to make an intellectual point, while abiding by search engine rules concerning the filtering of images — and those of us who cash in on nipples and naked bodies for page views.

The mantra of Anne of Carversville is ‘telling women’s stories from fashion to flogging’. The good guy/bad guy continuum is much tighter and more closely linked on these topics, than we want to admit — which is why strong support among male readers thrills me.

Most open-minded women want to be honored in our physicality, and not used for purely commercial purposes.

Perhaps the sensitivity tide will rise if we protest against our own kind? Or all we all just pornographers at heart, and let people like me get off our high horses?

To be continued . . . Anne

Lise Charmel Lingerie © DR

  • http://www.facebook.com/JPGraf.Photography Joseph Graf

    The images presented could never be considered porn even in the prudish USA.

    These women are all stunning, but more importantly none are emaciated stick figures that we are so used to seeing in fashion.

    I see this as a positive trend. Now if we can only implore the fashion designers to make their samples is sizes to fit these lovely creatures, the world will be a better place for all mankind.

    • http://www.productionparadise.com/spotlight/photographers-agents-335/spectacular-studios-12820.html Eleni Lewandowski

      Degrading thin women is just as offensive as someone making a nasty statement about obese women.  

  • Tony

    French Vogue is full of nudity, I arrived here one week before Alt took over and have been reading her issues and was shocked. Nipples in every issue, more recently even bush… Vogue is supposed to be a classy magazine, not something to arouse the working classes and the common man. When someone picks up a fashion magazine (I mean a real fashion magazine like L’Officiel or Vogue, not something like Marie Claire or Elle) they want to see and read about fashion or are interested in the photographic art but never, ever do they buy such magazines because they want to see boobs. So what is this all about? In the old days such magazines were aimed at the aristocracy and the american equivalent, ‘old money’ families. Nowadays we are swarmed by the newly rich russians, oil sheiks, industrialists and most of them think very differently from the ways of the old generation when society was ruled by etiquette and social boundaries which were to never be crossed. Now we all cross these boundaries – a princess might get a tattoo, a common man who won the lottery might drive a rolls royce, foreigners are allowed to join Gentlemen’s Clubs in London, the Church has accepted the existence of Science and embraced it while maintaining their faith, laws have been relaxed and while not abolished are no longer applied (Did you know that French law still forbids women from wearing trousers? I kid you not.) and the lowest echelons of society are now able to afford gold and silver jewellery thanks to credits and modern bank offers… Change is a good thing and we must embrace it, one day perhaps nudity will no longer be such a taboo nor will it be cause for arousal anymore. Remember the old greeks and their naked marathons or swimming competitions, then think of times when seeing a woman’s wrist was already the height of eroticism.

    So in closing, breasts and nudity in Vogue and on Fashion Blogs? Alright but not for commercial purposes or for the purpose to merely attract or arouse the readers. It is not the nudity in itself which is outrageous, it is the use of it. Unfortunately it seems to have become a social phenomenon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sphlavac Steven Paul Hlavac

    “Women trust me to make the right decision, to balance their desire for respectability with an exploration of their sensuality…”

    I think that says it in a nutshell, and sums up my philosophy as well. Like many shooters, I have many ideas for erotic fashion work, and will include that in my future projects. But I also think very carefully about how I present this work online…