The Sexist

The Morning After: Soft-Core Skeleton Edition


*Broadsheet's Tracy Clark-Flory reports on an X-ray manufacturer's foray into the pin-up market. Clark-Flory's take: "damn, these skele-girls got femurs for daaays. As the Weekly Vice suggests, I guess the message here is that beauty isn't skin deep, after all. Or something." I think the real message here is that even Skeletors can look "sexy" if we splay them out in a suitably compliant pose and strap the right shoes on their feet.

* At Feministe, s.e. smith declares open season on bikini season.

* Bitch Magazine's Kjerston Johnson aggressively campaigns for the Twilight series to show Bella's vampire-baby birth on-screen, in which "Edward has to deliver the baby Cesarean-style . . . with his teeth." In response to Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg's claim that "you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth . . . it doesn't mean it's any less evocative of an experience," Johnson replies: "Um, he rips their baby out of her stomach with his mouth! I would like to see what kind of mise-en-scène director Bill Condon conjures up to ensure it's no 'less evocative' without this unnatural natural birth."

* Why is the National Organization for Marriage (NOM NOM NOM) bankrolling a local ANC commissioner to the tune of $60,900? [Via Metro Weekly].

* Vote in Freedom to Marry's blogger scholarship contest; our local pick is The New Gay editor Zack Rosen. (Read his submission here).

  • Lizrd

    Hey, check out the tailbones on her. Yowzah!(Sexualizing skeletons: the world is officially crazy)

    Additionally: OM NOM NOM!!!

  • Marty

    @Lizrd You are correct that this is totally coo-coo-bananas. But if you think sexy skeletons mean the world has gone crazy, then I would like to cordially introduce you to the internet. ;-)

  • Lizrd

    haha Marty, I've met the internet and decided it would be best if retreated the feminist niches within it. But you're point is certainly taken. I should probably stop being surprised at some point... one would think..

  • Lizrd

    dammit YOUR not you're.

  • Adrienne

    I was wondering why the heels were necessary and then I realized without them most of these models, without their flesh, could be mistaken for men.

  • Kit-Kat

    Well, the overt message is: buy our radiograph equipment. It is commercial advertising, after all. I was curious, so I went to the web site for the calendar. It's intended to be a spoof of/play on the pinup girls/swimsuit calendars that are given to trucking companies/construction companies/heavy industry types, and it's produced by a European ad agency on behalf of a Japanese x-ray company. You could read it as glorifying extremely skinny women or something, but you could also see it as a nerdy joke--translating a pin-up calendar and the stereotypical cheesecake poses for medical techs. I mean, you could see it as trying to be sexy, but also as trying to be funny--because skeletons are *not* sexy, putting them in these over-the-top pin-up poses is kind of funny/unexpected/attention-getting, and a young ad designer could find it witty/clever/hip. The one thing it for sure is, is a little creepy. I have to say, having worked in construction offices, it is a vast improvement on the swimsuit calendars hanging in those places.

    [From the web site: "EIZO medical imaging high precision displays for the examination and diagnosis of radiographs. Whereas craftsmen are showered with pin-up-calendars at the end of every year, this kind of present is less popular among medics. EIZO breaks this taboo. This pin-up calendar shows absolutely every detail."]

  • Brennan

    Are they out of their minds? X-RAY RADIATION CAUSES GENETIC MUTATION! Biology 101, here. Think infertility, elevated cancer risk, elevated risk of birth defects. Health care workers have to be careful about even indirect exposure--that's what all those lead drapes are for. I really hope this is someone's dumb idea of a photoshop project, because if healthy women seriously posed for a *photoshoot* of full-body X-Rays, I hope their employer gives health insurance.

  • Joseph Hewitt

    This reminds me of the EneMan calendars that Orac sometimes posts at the Respectful Insolence blog. No real connection, other than being bizarre medical advertising.

  • Ophelia

    Ha...I'm pretty sure someone commented on one of the posts dealing with hyper-sexualized Halloween costumes that no skin was the ultimate sexy--well, here's proof. God, SO creepy...

  • rebekah

    the funny thing is that there is no way that that skeleton could be a woman, the leg bones are too large and the pelvis is too narrow.

  • Sarah #13

    You can still tell that the skele-models have big boobies and are shaved hairless down there, though!

    What I find most interesting are the poses that demonstrate just how damaging and unnatural heels--especially stilettos--can be to your feet. :D :D :D Hot!

  • Kit-Kat

    Are they even real images, or created on a computer?