Distinct genres depicting nudity without ostensible or explicit sexual overtones.
An important scene in Apt Pupil has Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) showering
Nude among fellow secondary school pupils. Having been deluged with infor-
mation from Nazi-in-hiding Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellan) on his experiences
in sending Jews to the gas chambers — under the guise of sending them to the
showers — Todd has a delusionary second at which other showering pupils
are viewed as starved and expiring incarcerated Jews. This is an obvious and
meaningful scene in the lm, one which is ostensibly designed to signify the
traumatic effect of personal anecdotal and autobiographical records or stories
of abuse, homicide and genocide. Nevertheless, several of the showering extras headed a
Suit against director Bryan Singer and other crew members, claiming the bare
shoot subjected them to ‘sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, [and] bogus
Incarceration [on the set]’. The vital element in the legal claim was that Singer
‘appeared . . . to be a full-edged gay’ (Cheevers and Ebner, 1998).
On the other hand, nearly all the plaintiffs’ claims — both legal and uttered during
media interviews — expressed the acute distress they believed being naked start.
As one plaintiff put it, ‘there was smoke men who had to stand on each side, and
all they did was sit there and look at you while they’re pouring their smoke. It’s
basically like all eyes are on you’ (Cheevers and Ebner, 1998). The suit caused a
media scandal, with several newspaper and television interviews being allowed the
young plaintiffs and their lawyer, although the craze was came somewhat
after several other extras disavowed the plaintiffs’ claims. Cheevers and Ebner’s
article states that: ‘Several people present on the set denied that the crew eyed the
boys in a sexual way’ (Cheevers and Ebner, 1998), that’s, they maintained that
the gaze was not a sexual gaze.
What’s fascinating about this case is not just the ways the
accusation the manager and other crew members identied as gay is seen to
Failure homosexual individuality into homosexual sexual behaviour, but the wholesale failure of
nudity into sexuality. One of many fundamental plaintiffs made the following statement
in a court record:
I didn’t need to be standing there for the world to see. . . . That to me is for me and my future
wife to see, and for us just. That’s not for the enjoyment of the gay on the set…. I
don’t enjoy being oogled [sic]. (Cheevers and Ebner, 1998)
For this extra, nakedness as gazed-upon belongs just to Grosz’s frame number
two, the private or sexual circumstance, therefore disintegrating the circumstances that
protect the look of nakedness for the intent of showering, whether ‘for
Actual’ or on the set of a lm.
Where nakedness under the gaze of others is now more generally causing
anxiety, worry, shame or even dread, it hits at the very solidity of the self as
subject. If all subjective performativity is, as Butler (1990) reveals, a citation of the
signier, then the instability of the signier of nakedness undermines the psychic
self as http://videonudism.com/hot is constituted in and by culture. To put it differently, if nakedness can no
More be discovered and delineated clearly in particular sites and under particu-
lar gazes, then it risks destabilizing the performativity of the matter by intro-
ducing an anxiety-causing encounter with unstable signiers. The instability of
the frameworks undermines the subject’s sense of coherence and intelligibility, and the
Suffering in nakedness can be seen to be a distress with the question of what
nakedness is for.
Bathed in Sex — Reading as the Pornographic
In the various competing contextual spaces in which nakedness is performed
legitimately, one includes a set of ritual and institutional power structures of
varying sorts, where the empowered (and normally clothed) theme is
positioned to perform a non-sexual gazing at an objectied nude body. This
Framework is most easily experienced in contemporary society by kids being
bathed, dressed or supervised by parents, guardians or elderly siblings, or by
patients being analyzed, prepared or operated on by physicians, surgeons and other
medics. In the instance of of the child/parent relationship, we once again see a particu-
lar cultural concern that such a relationship is not always necessarily non-sexual
in the conditions of sexual given by modern culture.
In 1995, a Visual Arts student at a Western Australian university was detained
and charged by police with ‘indecently recording . . . a child under thirteen years
by the shooting of still photographs’ (Bowles et al., 1998: 5).
The photos were
depictions of her own naked sons, taken as part of a project in a photomedia
degree. Although the pictures used ancient poses — a conventional motif used by such