Morality in Media: Lindsay Lohan Pictorial in New York Magazine Softcore Porn

February 22, 2008

Robert Peters, President of MIM, had the following comments in response to New York Magazines (2/25/08 issue) effort to use Lindsay Lohan to re-create Marilyn Monroes legendary last (nude) photo shoot.I thankfully cannot claim to have examined every mainstream magazine that has published nude photographs of women, but of the ones I have seen, New York Magazines effort to recreate Marilyn Monroes legendary last (nude) photo shoot pushes the envelope further than them all.

This is, of course, part of the problem with pushing the envelope. What at first offends and even shocks loses its power to do so, after viewers are repeatedly exposed to similar content. That leaves the exploiter of sex with two choices. Back off or push the envelope even further.

In this issue, New York hasnt just recreated a series of photographs of Marilyn Monroe that have blasphemously become known as The Last Sitting, it has followed in the footsteps of Playboy magazine.

I describe the New York nude photo shoot as soft-core porn, for the same reason that people describe Playboy magazines nude photo shoots as soft-core porn. Men who subscribe to Playboy for the purpose of viewing naked women dont do so because of their appreciation for great art; so men who buy New York to see a naked Lindsay Lohan wont be doing so because of their appreciation for great art.

Of course, with this particular issue of New York, some people can be expected to buy the publication just to see how low a mainstream magazine and Hollywood starlet will go for the sake of notoriety. http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20080221/pl_usnw/new_york_magazine_publishes_soft_core_porn____photo_shoot_____while_lindsay_lohan_shows_that_a_young_woman___s_breasts_can_grow

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