I got a somewhat dyspeptic email last night from a visitor to this blog; a woman who has strong objections to the "Sex Education" series I started here a day or so ago. For visitors who may have missed these entries, they entail a series of portraits of women . . . mainly motion picture actresses (I may broaden it to include women in other disciplines, provided I find good enough images) . . . with what I consider to be a strong sexual dimension. My correspondent from the war zone of female outrage upbraided me for engaging in the crudest, most base forms of Sexism anyone could imagine and suggested I put a halt to the series in the name of common decency.
I don't intend to stop the series (I can hear Stephen cheering yet), but I want her, and other visitors to this blog who may be inclined to the same sentiment, to know that I'm not unmindful of the somewhat leering, Sexist component to this series; I wasn't when I started it. However, I cannot lie and say that I don't approve of these images either, because I do. I like them tremendously and I don't think they're at all distasteful. Just surf around blogs for a few hours and you'll see more than enough bloggers who simply retail images they scanned out of old issues of "Hustler" or material they've grabbed willy-nilly from porn sites. I'd like to think I'm putting a bit more care and consideration and, yes, respect into this series (as I do all the entries in this blog) than what those hornball bloggers are trafficking in.
I'm interested to know what other visitors think, though (especially women): Am I deluding myself into thinking that I'm not simply indulging my inner-adolescent, or am I giving these images, and the women who embody them, the honor they richly deserve?
Please leave a comment on that question if you're so inclined.