Thanks once again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!
Speaking of which: Bring Back an Appreciation of Nude Females. Hell, I never lost mine. Excerpt:
Not that this appreciation has ever been lacking among straight males. However, among the Militant Feminist Wing of the Current Cultural Insanity (TM) , it’s become normal to decry any representation, no matter how artistic, of the unclad or partially clad female. They blur the lines — or pretend not to understand the distinction — between art and porn, and charge blithely ahead into Victorian-like prudery.
For instance, I caught more than a little trouble for the cover of (Prometheus Award-winning) Darkship Thieves, which the Militant Feminist Wing deemed to be “demeaning to women” for featuring a partly clad female. They thus revealed both their ignorance — since even much better known authors than I have little to no say on their covers — but also their hypocrisy since none of them objects to the covers of Urban Fantasy books which often feature far more suggestive covers.
I’ve seen and heard such complaining about depictions of the Feminine Aesthetic, and in such cases I’m fond of reminding people that they have no guarantee in life of never being upset or offended – or, if the complaining is particularly strident and/or demanding, my response tends to be along the lines of “kiss my ass.”
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying attractive depictions of the Feminine Aesthetic. As Robert Heinlein pointed out, as with flowers and kittens, pretty girls are themselves reason enough. We will continue to present such depictions here, and if anyone disapproves, they had best go read some other blog.
The feminine form is one of the finest works of art nature has to offer. The complaining of humorless feminists and Islamic nutbars on the topic should be ignored.