Why Does HBO Thrust So Many Naked Breasts In Front Of Our Noses?

When will people learn that naked female breasts are not the path to lasting happiness?

It’s much more fulfilling, I’ve found, to study Torah.

When you gaze at the breasts of actresses, you’re wanting what you can not have. When you study Torah, you are learning commandments you can practice in your daily life and get closer to God.

Mary McNamara writes in the LAT:

Tits are what you see in a strip club or a brothel, when conversations or action between men, which usually have nothing to do with said strip club or brothel, are surrounded by nameless and silent women lounging or gyrating about in various stages of undress.

In one episode of “Game of Thrones,” the upper frontals got so gratuitous — two women teaching themselves the tricks of prostitution while a male character, fully clothed, muses about his personal history and definition of power — that fans took to Twitter to complain. Even the fine finale included a young nude woman washing her particulars while her elderly john monologued about the nature of kings.

These scenes have become as much a hallmark of HBO as historically accurate dramatic series produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Other cable networks, mainly Showtime, dabble in the fine sport of female frontal nudity, but no one can beat HBO for hookers — the pole dancers of “The Sopranos,” Al Swearengen’s Gem Saloon on “Deadwood,” the record-breaking female nudity of “Rome,” and now, “Boardwalk Empire.” HBO has a higher population of prostitutes per capita than Amsterdam or Charlie Sheen’s Christmas card list.

…Although there is male nudity — men occasionally, though not always, appear shirtless and/or bottomless when they are having sex with women — there are no male brothels, no scenes of clothed women, or men for that matter, sitting around chatting in a room filled with naked men. Well, maybe there was a scene or two like that in “Rome,” but you get my point. The brothel scenes are there, ostensibly to make a point about men and power.

The brothel scenes are not there to make a point about men and power. They’re there to titillate. Men who don’t have power like patronizing hookers every bit as much as men with power.

Straight men don’t particularly like to look at naked men and straight women don’t particularly care to either (when that desire is measured by money spent to satisfy the urge).

Why are there no male brothels? Because women don’t patronize male hookers. There’s very little market demand for this. Women aren’t into sex with strangers. Men are into sex with strangers. Straight men like sex with attractive women, even if they don’t know said women. Homosexual men like sex with attractive men, even if they don’t know said men.

Mary writes: “But as important to theme and character development as it may be to point out, in case we missed it on the nightly news, that some men enjoy paying for sex and treating women as sexual furniture, HBO has played this card so often that the obligatory scattering of reclining females with their blouses open or absent now elicits laughter more than shock or titillation.”

Well, you’re not the audience. Straight men have an inexhaustible appetite for looking at attractive naked women. You can’t have too much of a good thing.

It’s not that some men enjoy paying for sex and treating women as sexual furniture. All men enjoy treating women as sexual furniture. Those that don’t act on this are either moral or scared or unable.

Mary writes: “Prostitutes and brothels are obviously and regrettably simply vehicles to work the R rating, to give viewers, if you will pardon the expression and maybe you shouldn’t, more bang for the buck. Which isn’t just gratuitous and ridiculous, it’s lazy and sexist. For all their many functions, women’s bodies are not props and prostitution is not something that should be regularly relegated to atmosphere.”

Of course women’s bodies can function as props in art and entertainment and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Men have been painting naked women since the beginning of time.

When McNamara dismisses this as sexism, she’s pulling political correctness aka a left-wing dismissal of painful reality. As Dennis Prager says, political correctness is a dismissal of painful reality.

Female prostitution has been part of the atmosphere of art for thousands of years. By contrast, there’s never been much of a market for women to purchase the sexual services of male strangers.

DMedic says: “Even when you get hot woman you get tired of them. And the glory of their image usually is greater than themselves. Thus why when you hear some of them speak, you kind of want them to shut up and go back to looking pretty. Their not much different than hard drugs. You’re always chasing the high of that Hollywood fantasy. I look back at pictures of some girls I knew in high school. Their starting to age, and I can see the gradual fear in their eyes of becoming second rate, even Goodwill worthy merchandise. Inevitably, men who are bought over by the Barbie doll fantasy toss them when they grow old, shrivelled and dry. Painful for them, but not much different than a man who wakes up one day and can’t get it up. His sense of value diminishes rapidly.”

Beauty, without anything behind it, is a declining asset.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been noted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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