Mairead Dambruch – Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Nipples. Is it right that men’s nipples are able to be displayed in public and in media and women’s nipples are considered porn if displayed?

By altering how the nipple is perceived can amplify or diminish its power.

Instagram account Genderless Nipples – Instagram removes the nipples from the page if it believes to be a women’s nipples, but there is no way to tell.

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Would these images be found more pleasurable and more inappropriate if more skin was shown around them? What if we knew they belonged to a certain gender? The adding/removing of certain elements in pictures greatly alters how they are perceived by the public/media, which alters how much power we associate with these images.

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Even Stephen Colbert asks the question to his audiences, what is art, and when does it become porn? When does an image get enough power to garner the need to be censored?

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This is a censored image of Modigliani’s Reclining Nude which was on Bloomberg’s website. Even Picasso’s  Women of Algiers got censored when shown on Fox News.Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 10.39.12 PM.png

Stephen then discovered that he was only able to show Michelangelo’s David uncensored for only 2 seconds on the CBS Network. Will displaying it for three more seconds be the difference of corrupting a small child through full frontal art nudity?

This next image is Stephen attempting to show his drawing of two female breasts.Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 10.59.57 PM.png

However, when Stephen changes the drawing into a smiley face, all is well.

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Adding 2 curved lines to the image suddenly changes it to a “Guilty pleasure”/porn image to a harmless smiley face.

Personal Guilty Pleasures

Ear wax removal videos & Dead skin peeling off/ removal of calluses videos

Similar to the following that Instagram’s Dr.Pimple Popper has amassed (2.3 million followers), there is also a viewership of peeling of dead skin and the removal of built up ear wax. This can be seen in the subreddits of /r/peeling and /r/popping on the website Reddit. These videos probably started as some sort of medical documentation, but as the internet got a hold of them, they became “guilty pleasures” due to the oddly satisfying feeling you get after watching them. But they are also disgusting so no one cares to admit to it.

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