When I first started writing this, I thought that it would appeal most to my male followers. I should say my straight male followers. After all, what I'm talking about here are pictures of naked women.
But then I started thinking about it...
Art is art, no matter how you slice it. Beautiful is beautiful.
That means that there are no gender or preference divisions here. Anyone who appreciates the human form will probably like this, except those at the more prudish end of the scale.
And if that's you, you probably aren't reading my blogs anyway.
There are many definitions of the term "Pinup Girl". You may already have one in your mind, and I'll let you use that or even find one online that you like. For me, I define a Pinup Girl as:
A pop-culture woman presented as a sex symbol.
We've had tons of them in the past from Betty Grable to Marilyn Monroe to the stylized drawings of Vargas and others to Farah Fawcett to Lady Gaga. I believe that just about everyone, no matter their age or gender, can think of at least one Pinup Girl I didn't list.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Playboy redefined the Pinup Girl. Prior to the premiere issue in December of 1953, if you wanted to look at pictures of nude women, you had three basic choices...
First, you could go to back-alley stores and buy some pornography. The quality was poor, and the subject matter often someplace between disturbing and disgusting. It was also illegal in most parts of the US.
Second, you could go to the local air museum. Some of the best post-war Pinup Girls were found there as images on the various planes of the Army Air Corp.
Third, you could go the art museum. The problem for me with this option was always that many of the painting are by impressionists, and the woman's eyes are on two different sides of her head. Sometimes three.
Then along comes Playboy presenting beautiful women in tasteful manners. None of the brashness of porn, and none of the insanity of impressionists. In other words, Pinup Girls.
But, all good things must come to an end. Playboy, like all magazines, is in decline. The web has killed them, they just aren't quite dead yet. So where do we go from here?
Yes, to the 21st Century. And there are Pinup Girls for the 21st Century.
Here are a few web sites I would like you to visit. I should warn you that these may contain nudity. On the other hand, if you're reading this and have made it this far, that's probably OK with you. The sites are all related to the same "parent" site (the last one in the list), but are slightly different.
You may have heard of the Suicide Girls. They have been around for about nine years now, and they have done a few videos and such. Maybe you haven't heard of them, though.
While it is only my opinion, the Suicide Girls are indeed the Pinup Girls of the 21st Century. They are tastefully presented. They are the proverbial "girls next door", and they are all very pretty women. Many are just plain drop-dead gorgeous.
Yes, there is a fine line between art and pornography, and that line is often defined by individual opinions.
This is art.
Melodee Aaron, Erotica Romance Author
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