Do non-Caucasians tend generally to be less accepting of nudity?

I really didn’t know where to put this thread. It’s certainly not a pitting. I’m not specifically asking for opinions or debate, and I’m not looking for a specific answer, or if I am, I want that answer to be shaded and expanded on by divers opinions and recouinted experiences.

Anyhow, last night on HBO there was a show about this photographer, Spencer Tunick, who’s shtick consists mainly of photographing nudes in urban, outdoor spaces. I say shtick, because while on one hand I admire the gumption of anyone who wants to push the envelope of the nudity taboo, on the other hand it seems like that’s all there is here, and I hesitate to consider it the art as which it’s being presented. The HBO show was not about the artist as an artist per se, but more about his interactions with people in asking them to participate as models, and the reactions of some of the passersby. A few people were photographed individually, but his main motif seems to be getting a large crowd of people to strip their clothes off and photograping them from high above, so the gathered bodies look like wood grain.

Light-colored wood grain, like Civil Service Blond Cheap Furniture Wood.

Because in a large nude crowd scene shot in Brooklyn there seemed to be not a single person of color. There were several other shoots in major American and European cities where you would expect a substantial nonwhite population to live, but all these crowd scenes looked as though they’d been shot in Trondheim, Norway, Des Moines, IA, or the Outer Hebrides. Every picture was a solid mass of pink flesh.

At one point, they did go to Japan, and get a few people to participate in individual shots. I suppose that’d be the most prominent example of some non-white people participating. But there was no crowd shot. And even in Johannesburg, South Africa most of the people who went along were white.

So are non-Caucasians in fact more disapproving of nudity? Or shyer about nudity?

Well, considering that his sign-up form has a box to check for your skin tone, I think the bias may be the artist’s. Cite. There’s a lot more options on the Caucasion end of the scale, making me suspect he prefers those shades in his work. Maybe not. But it’s certainly possible he only contacts light-skinned people.

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Crap! Crap! Crap! I thought I cancelled that in time to stop that very NOT SAFE FOR WORK link from being posted! I am so sorry. I’m off to report myself right now!

WhyNot, I reported your post to a moderator asking for the link to be removed. I wasn’t sure about using the reporting feature for this, because I do not intend to make any sort of charge or accusation. It just seemed like the quickest way to get their attention.

As to your reply, thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t know that the crowd wasn’t being selected at random.

  1. That is indeed the correct way to post it, and
  2. None of my Indian friends and none of my Chinese friends would dream of doing such a thing. I’m not speaking for the whole Asian population (grin) but in an informal survey you’d think you’d come up with at least a couple. And we’ve discussed this before amongst us. Among my caucasian friends, yeah, I get a couple of volunteers.

I mean that’s the correct way to report it.

And looking at those skin tones I have to pull a :dubious:. I’m somewhere between 5 and 6, depending on what’s tanned - arms are 6 for example. What the heck would I click?

Thanks Spectre. Yes, that’s the way to report it. I reported myself by reporting the first post in the thread (the one right before mine) and making it clear in the note that I was NOT reporting you, but my post afterwards. (We can’t directly report our own posts, a vBulletin [del]bug[/del] feature I loathe.)

I’m not sure why the link hasn’t been broken yet. It’s probably a busy night for our mods. I’m sure someone will get to it shortly. Once again, I apologize. I was focusing on the form at the link, not the background of nekkid folks. (I guess Mom was right - too many clothing-optional festivals, and a hippie chick doesn’t even register the nekkid people!)

:smack: drrr… Thanks, Skip, for removing that link hours ago. :smack:

I think I’m gonna go to bed now before I hurt myself or my pride any further.

Another vote for artistic bias, and WhyNot, you really need to get out more.

I know some black females at strip clubs in Atlanta NOW who on an average day have trouble keeping their clothes on.

That said, there’s probably some… (put this politely) cultural reasons why you don’t see masses of urban blacks laid back enough to strip in public for photographs for artistic reasons.