Monday, December 15, 2008

Bullshit



Per my wife's request, the Playboy cover image has been hereby hotlinked.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/12/15/playboy.virgin.mary.transcript/index.html





Playboy claims the above image isn't meant to portray the Virgin Mary. Bullshit. "Te adoramos, Maria" means "We adore you Maria."


The model's name might be Maria, but this is clearly meant to sexualize the Virgin; it evokes countless images, paintings, icons, and such of the Holy Mother. The breast she is baring isn't to suckle the Savior, her robe is being opened just like the purchaser hopes to open her "lessened gates."


Shame on you, Playboy....but then again, you lost any sense of shame in the 1950's.

UPDATE:

I will concede to my critic that swearing to defend Jesus's Mom is wrong, but I'm a Christian precisely because I'M NOT PERFECT. Calling someone a "virgin" does not sexualize them, indeed, the virginal state would mean an absence of sex. In my mind the word "virgin" doesn't conjure up images of coitus with the unexperienced. This image is akin to Madonna's "Like a Virgin." The woman, virginlike (ergo, highly desirable to the male viewer) offers the parting of her robe for a sexual experience. She is clearly not a virgin, but takes on that appearance of one for the seductive game.

My outrage here isn't with the image so much as the denial by Playboy that it isn't suggestive of images of the Virgin Mary. Given the overwhelming numbers of women named "Mary, Marie, Maria" or some version thereof in the world, the cover seeks to strike a common chord with every man who's ever lain with a woman named Maria and irreverently joked, "Te adora, mi Maria."

People can insult Christianity all they want, but don't deny it when you get called to task for things done in poor taste. It's the lie that rubs, not so much the image.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been laughing at the blogs that cry foul in reference to the cover of Playboy. This one, as though the writer is "better than thou" calls it "Bullshit"? Are you kidding me? I'm sure Jesus loves to see someone defend his mothers virtue with foul language!
Then to say it meant to "sexualize the virgin" is laughable! By simply refering to Mary (Jesus' mother) as the "VIRGIN" Mary, SHE IS BEING SEXUALIZED!
I'll agree the cover is in poor taste, especially to be released at Christmas time, however it's really no different than the presence of Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny in that all 3 are an insult to Christianity.

Mickelle's Minute said...

Anonymous,

I'm not kidding you. It is bullshit ( I will concede that swearing to defend Jesus's Mom is wrong, but I'm a Christian precisely because I'M NOT PERFECT). And calling someone a "virgin" does not sexualize them, indeed, the virginal state would mean an absence of sex. In my mind the word "virgin" doesn't conjure up images of coitus with the unexperienced. This image is akin to Madonna's "Like a Virgin." The woman, virginlike (ergo, highly desirable to the male viewer) offers the parting of her robe for a sexual experience.

My outrage here isn't with the image so much as the denial by Playboy that it isn't suggestive of images of the Virgin Mary. Given the overwhelming numbers of women named "Mary, Marie, Maria" or some version thereof in the world, the cover seeks to strike a common chord with every man who's ever lain with a woman named Maria and irreverently joked, "Te adora, mi Maria."

People can insult Christianity all they want, but don't deny it when you get called to task for things done in poor taste. It's the lie that rubs, not so much the image.

Anonymous comments are for cowards.

Tor Hershman said...

You have an amusing blog, Mac.

What do you think them thar
cover-protesTORs would feel about moi’s lill’ film/research?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzY2bVsZK5s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sckuqPulRGk

Oh, and as far as capital punishment goes –
1. All in favor – will end up dead
2. All against – will end up dead
3. All without an opinion – will end up dead.

Stay on groovin' safari,
Tor