All kinds of chitter-chatter has been erupting in Charlottesville in reaction to the Hook publishing an article* on successful UVa alumni that posed for Playboy while in college. The article itself is not the issue, but some object the tiny but fully nude photos that accompany it (so that should tell you, but I’ll say it anyway, pictures may be NSFW). First brought to my attention via cvillenews (who actually measured that the boobs are no bigger than 1cm, really, who does that?!), CBS-19 reported on some prudish reactions. “It’s just horrendous for me to see it.” says one female UVa student. A glance at the comment thread on any of those sites puts more prudishness on display:
I will now call “The Hook”…. “The Hooker”. You should be ashamed of your irresponsible act and I will guarantee you have lost many readers including myself over your stupidity. Those who say they enjoy this obviously don’t have responsibilities to children.
(Eh, there seem to be many more attracted than repelled.)
And there will be people that find this appauling and have a huge issue with you printing something that children can pick up in a grocery store.
(Always with the children! Do they not know what nudity is?)
SHAME ON YOU! I should have a choice whether or not I want to see such a display!
(Uh, don’t read it, duh.)
This display of women does nothing but objectify them and does nothing to show the true beauty of womankind.
(So sexuality can’t be beautiful?)
Plus how can I keep my son from seeing this on-line. Keep him away from the computer forever? Thanks for making my job as a parent harder!
(I feel really bad for your son. He’s not seeing boobies til he’s 30! Or he probably has already…)
To be fair, most of the comments are reasonable, humorous, or unoffended but suspicious that this is just a ploy to get readers. So kudos to Charlottesville readers for being open-minded! Of course, an “angry, vocal minority”, as pointed out by another commenter, can spoil the situation for everyone, as some stores have pulled the Hook from their newsstands this week in protest. What a shame for the majority of their customers!
I think it is great to see that the editors of the Hook think that a little boobage is no big deal. As I commented on their page, wouldn’t it be nice if children weren’t taught that nudity and sexuality were harmful and shameful? Could it help boost self-esteem? Would it help stem the tide of STIs and unplanned pregnancies? Can’t we act like rational, responsible adults when it comes to sexuality?
The comment that really made me stop in my tracks was on the cvillenews.com site:
Well this doesn’t surprise me. UVA went to hell in a handbasket years ago. Oh, where is Jerry Falwell when you need him???
Sadly, this does not seem to be a Poe. I could go into the many reasons why this is an unreasonable statement. I could simply ask this fellow to clarify what he means by “hell in a handbasket” or what Falwell would be able to contribute to this case? But all I can think is
Sometimes, I just can’t be nice.