Is it just me, or does life seem to be imitating art at a prolific rate in the fashion blogging world? And by life imitating art, I mean fashion bloggers exposing a whole lot of skin.
In August last year, I went on a little rant On Miley Cyrus, the VMAs, and Feminism, in which I discussed the backward step many female pop singers are taking by literally stripping during their performances. Unfortunately, this trend has not abated; even Beyoncé writhes in a fancy G-string in her latest, definitely NSFW video, Partition. (Why’d you have to go that far, Bey?) And that Miley…oy vey. She’s really pushing the envelope and her raunchy self down our throats in her current tour, Bangerz. But that’s a separate Google search for you, my dears.
Lately, I’m also noticing that some fashion bloggers seem to be jumping on the nudity bandwagon. I’m seeing more and more fashion bloggers posting sexy shots in which they expose their G-strings, are clothed only in lingerie while sprawled on a bed, or cavort in shots with only a strategically placed item to protect their modesty. And it has me wondering: When it comes to fashion bloggers and nudity…how far is too far?
From my perspective, fashion bloggers posting suggestive, partially-nude photos of themselves crosses a line. It’s too transparent, too much information, and frankly, irrelevant. And worse, I’m afraid most bloggers aren’t contemplating the full impact semi-nude photos could have on their lives at some point in the future. Unless a blogger is actually a model, the literal baring-myself-to-you shots seem out of place on a fashion blog. I mean, sure, “bare” yourself to us all you want in prose, but most of us are coming by to see you clothed, rather than not.
While I’m no prude, personal partial nudity on G&G has never been an option, for several reasons:
- I’m not comfortable exposing myself in that manner.
- I don’t think posting suggestive photos of myself online would go over well in my professional career.
- I don’t want to put anything online that could potentially invite harassment or stalking.
- Once you put an image out there digitally, it is nearly impossible to retrieve it.
Mind you, I’m not passing judgment, bloggers. Everyone has the right to do what they want to do. I’m just saying that if you post enough scantily clad photos of yourself on your blog, I’m probably not going to be dropping by much, because as I noted above, I want to see what you are wearing, not what you are not. And I want to know your brain, not your bod. But I’m just one person, and I probably don’t matter.
What’s more important is this: If you are posting these kinds of photos, have you thought about what might happen when you [meet the guy of your dreams who is in politics/have to explain them to your male co-workers or manager/have a child and suddenly don't feel comfortable with those images out there/fill in the blank]?
There’s enough “sex” for sale in everyday marketing, in the arts, in everything. Do we really need to push it on our fashion blogs, too?
What do you think? How far is too far when it comes to showing skin on fashion blogs?