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

Many women hate their bodies, disregarding their beauty and magnifying the smallest imperfections. If you see only jiggling thighs, saggy breasts and a flabby belly when you look in the mirror, Carson Kressley has a message for you!

For four years, Carson and the other members of the Fab Five transformed sloppy straight guys into gentlemen of style on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Now, Carson is putting his stylish sensibilities back to work as he helps women of all sizes learn to love their bodies on the show How To Look Good Naked. In January 2008, the show became the most-watched reality series premiere in the Lifetime Television Network’s history.
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Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert interviews Leonard Nimoy who challenges American standard of beauty with photographs of nude overweight women.

http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/?lnk=v&ml_video=156265

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) – Mayor Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, whose MySpace photos of her posing in black lingerie on a fire engine put this Columbia River town of 600 into something of a pother, told ABC’s 20/20 Friday night that she’s not stepping down.

“They’re going to have to drag me out of here,” she said.

The pictures were taken before she thought of running for mayor, said Kontur-Gronquist, 42, the first woman to hold the unpaid position. She said she had permission from the fire chief to use the engine and had intended to use the photos in a contest about fitness in women.

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