Sex in Fashion


benjikan

Link Posted 07/11/2010 - 19:36
Sex sells and sex and fashion pushes up (no pun intended) the ratings of most of the glossies out there.  Now I am not talking about glamor magazines or erotic soft porn stuff here.  I am referring to the main stream magazines and webzines.

I have no problem with this what so ever.  If the theme and story line screams for something hot than why not. But what I am finding more and more is that the shock factor is being used more and more just to shake things up and drive audiences in their direction.  Now I am not prude, but what happens when the public becomes numb to the notion?  What will we have to pull out of our magical hats to get people to look at the magazines.  Will there be a backlash to a more romantic notion of sexuality, or will the marketplace be an eclectic mix of many social and artistic idioms.

I tend to think that modes flow like waves and even though there is room for a vast variety of artistic approaches and interpretations, the overall wave has an affect on all other interpretations and do influence them to a lesser or greater degree.

Sex sells, but I believe, if you want it to have impact, it should be dosed with the understanding that it is more effective in an environment of contrasts.  We are being bombarded daily and sometimes less can stand out more than MORE.  So the next time you want to make an erotic statement in your imagery, you might get more of a rise by framing what is sexually appealing with a touch of light or fabric and leave the rest to the imagination.

If your story screams for sexuality, go ahead have a ball, but always consider the flow of your story and treat it like you do your sexual affairs.  Foreplay is often more important than the actual orgasm.

Just be aware that the audience is very fickle and can easily become numb to being over amped and might just turn the page faster than desired and as a result might go elsewhere.  Why? Just because…If everyone is wearing black, introduce white. Contrasts, contrasts, contrasts...

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TonyM

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 08:08
I'm more worried about this bit:

anyuta34 wrote:
As they danced around the fires,the season of the sun passed and the season of darkness would begin.

Do they know something about Pentax that we don't

TonyM

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 08:12
...and clearly the spam programme has picked up on "Sex" in the post title. Perhaps mods could replace "Sex" with "Hot Chocolate" in future - I think most of us will still understand...

davex

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 08:15
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replace "Sex" with "Hot Chocolate" in future

Did that years ago
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thoughton

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 10:15
Me too , it doesn't work very well. Too sticky.
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Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 20:19
davex wrote:
Quote:
replace "Sex" with "Hot Chocolate" in future

Did that years ago



Dan
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 21:39
thoughton wrote:
Me too , it doesn't work very well. Too sticky.

Plus don't forget to let it cool sufficiently
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Anvh

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 21:54
Pentaxophile wrote:
thoughton wrote:
Me too , it doesn't work very well. Too sticky.

Plus don't forget to let it cool sufficiently

Some might find that pleasant though

I just love hot chocolate for example
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TonyM

Link Posted 11/11/2010 - 23:24
Blo*dy 'ell - it was just an innocent () comment - who know's where it's going to end up

davex

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 08:07
Quote:
who know's where it's going to end up

It really depends on how cool the chocolate is, once cold it stays put. However, when at body temperature it can end up anywhere
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johnriley

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 08:13
Has anyone any thoughts about Ben's original post?

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 09:33
yes. humour is the other alternative, but at the end of the day, neither are always usable, so we have to find other ways to gain mindshare.....

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thoughton

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 09:45
Yes, but they aren't especially insightful ones! The way I read it Ben is basically saying that sexuality is being overused, so tone it down to stand out from the crowd. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me, although I thought women did this anyway - if they want to look classy and not trashy. Reminds me of the old joke about the new bride who greets her husband in the honeymoon suite wearing nothing but a pair of high heels. When asked why she says her mother advised her to never let her husband see her completely naked or the mystique would be lost!
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Gwyn

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 10:03
I think Ben is right - a photo of a woman with her bits tastefully covered and, as in his second photo, with maybe just a hint of nipple is far more sensuous than the full on sexuality you see everywhere today.

It gets embarrassing at times to walk past some posters, not to mention the music videos nowadays .

Signed (not so) Old Fuddyduddy, the Netherlands.

techno-terminator

Link Posted 12/11/2010 - 10:29
I'm sure Ben is right.

I suspect that there's so much nudity on display now that we are finding it's becoming accepted as the norm.

I'm sure that many of us would prefer that it was toned down - and just the hint that there's 'something' there is more appealing that putting it in our faces.

Yeah - I know I'm a Fuddyduddy too
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