Unless you’ve been living under a rock, on another planet, or with no wi-fi connection (which is basically the same thing), you have undoubtedly seen a certain celebrity’s backside all. over. the. place.
Yesterday, Paper Magazine posted the cover story of their latest issue featuring Kim Kardashian.
Or should we say Kim Kardashian’s body.
That’s right, the article featured several nude pictures of Kim, with one picture in particular fully revealing her famous larger-than-life behind and in turn going wildly viral online. The racy and NSFW image was tagged #BreakTheInternet and has been plastered on every major and minor news source on every social media outlet worldwide for the past 24 hours. Odds are if you’re reading this, you know exactly what picture we are talking about.
Now, normally we wouldn’t post about such a thing. Celebrities choose to do nude modeling all the time and we don’t get involved in it. Our Fight is against the harmful effects of porn and other forms of sexual exploitation, and almost always, nude celebrities in magazines don’t fall into that category. So while we do not support material like that, a celebrity’s choice to do a nude photo shoot doesn’t automatically make them a porn star.
But similar to our open letter to Jennifer Lawrence, there are times when society’s twisted and warped ideas about women, sex, and intimacy, can’t go uncorrected.
Here’s the question: if the person isn’t actually doing porn but their nude pictures are being published all over the world wide web, is it having the same negative effect on society?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes.
Dr. Gary Brooks, a psychologist at Texas A&M, has published many articles on the harmful effects of pornography. What’s interesting about some of Brooks’ work in particular is his research on the harmful effects of “soft-core pornography”, (basically naked bodies not necessarily having sex.) Brooks is published in the Witherspoon Institute’s The Social Costs of Pornography: A Collection of Papers, where he is quoted:
“Soft-core pornography has a very negative effect on men as well. The problem with soft-core pornography is that it’s voyeurism – it teaches men to view women as objects rather than to be in relationships with women as human beings.”
Read the entire story at Fight the New Drug