Main banner from artist J. Kidd's facebook page "Military Pinups".
As you can see, I hope, it's essentially soft pornography designed for soldiers. I'm aware that in the past, like WWII, there was "nose art" and the like which resembled the "pinup art" of the day. So why is this any different? I think there are many reasons why, which I find obvious, so I am baffled as to why so many of them need explaining. But apparently they do.
Consider: there was a time, as in the Roman Empire, when slavery was considered normal and almost universally accepted. 100 years ago, some races were considered to be innately inferior, and this too was accepted. Today, we know better--at least most do. The trouble with the treatment of women in our culture, i.e. presenting them as sex objects, is something that I believe will eventually be transcended. Hell, if I can do it, anyone can.
I'm a little ashamed at having fought with the artist JK over at Military Pinups, but it is telling that after we did he removed the banner from his page and replaced it with another image in which the woman's head was actually higher than her bottom. I'd criticized the prior picture. So, I had hit a nerve, but then he recanted and switched it back yet again.
If I was told my older work was pornographic I'd have denied it too, just like JK, but now I see objectification clearly wherever it is. But I never did anything like this stuff.
J. Kidd told me that his model was "very proud" of posing for his artworks, prints of which wind up getting shipped overseas to Afghanistan. He told me a little about her character and personality, but of course none of that is communicated in the picture. When Playboy lists the "likes and dislikes" of its playmate centerfolds, it isn't without some humor. I mean, who cares about the real person underneath? That's not the point, is it?
My friend Richard A. Tucker rightly pointed out that it's extremely dangerous to be giving out porn to soldiers. I agree. My feeling is that "Military Pinup's" work will make almost any young soldier crave harder pornography in about 5 seconds. The works are basically like a "gateway" drug, only the path is much clearer and direct than pot to heroin, because it's all the same thing to differing degrees.
Other reasons to be wary of giving Porn to soldiers:
- The high incidence of Military Rape
- Incidents of Civilian Rape by U.S. Soldiers
- High frequency of Sexual Assault by U.S. Soldiers in warzones
A dangerous mixture of sexual and militaristic imagery.
Another relevant question is that if one wanted to "help" the U.S. Military effort, there are far better ways than this, like perhaps working to end the wars altogether, or helping educate young men not to enlist in the first place.
Then they can stay home and learn to respect and not objectify other people.