Prudishness and porn

I bought the latest issue of W, a high-end women’s fashion magazine published by Condé Nast. W is known for its provocative covers and photo spreads, and this month’s issue promised a scantily clad and seductively posed Posh and Becks. The article coincides with the move of the Beckhams to California, so it effectively promotes the Beckham brand in the US.

AmericanIdolsIt was pretty steamy. David and Victoria B are both in spectacular physical condition and they are wearing garments designed to reveal a lot and create tantalizing speculation about what’s concealed. They are fashionably tattooed and platinum-haired. Their photographed entanglements are soft porn.

There are more than hints of the seedy about the locations: a hot car, a hot rock quarry, and a shabby motel. Posh’s hair and makeup are just this side of slutty. Becks’ leather pants and white briefs remind us of the fact that he appeals to heterosexual women and gay men alike.

The Beckhams are family people. This is not a family-rated spread. I find myself worried about what Cruz, Brooklyn and Romeo will make of their parents choosing to pose thus. Maybe when they are teenagers, this exposure will seem humdrum. Or maybe they will react by becoming reserved and respectable citizens who lead ultra-private lives.

Since I am viewing the photos with both titillation and disapproval, I detect just a hint of hypocrisy in myself. A horrified realization dawns: my first mother-in law (three, but who’s counting?) was a woman who bought the News of the World and other British tabloids so that she could express her disgust with the state of the world as portrayed therein. (Sexual misconduct by vicars and teachers was a sure seller.) But she never missed an issue.

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3 thoughts on “Prudishness and porn

  1. I have often wondered how the antics of celebrities affect their children. What do you think Madonna’s kids are like?

  2. I have mixed feelings about Madonna. She’s a powerful woman who has stirred up controversy and has apparently been in charge of her own life and career: I don’t have a problem with either of those things. But I’ve never seen any evidence of a sense of humour! I suspect that she sees herself as a very important Artist. That could be particularly annoying in a parent …

  3. Good point about the sense of humour.

    I was thinking of that book she once wrote…the one about sex…there must have been some humour in that(!) but would it be a piece of her work she’d want to share with her kids? They’re bound to stumble upon it at some point in their lives.

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