Question, what is the difference between these two pictures in today’s societal view? Michaelangelo’s “David” on the left has been heralded for centuries as a masterpiece. It is readily viewable by any museum visitor. Pictures of it are plastered in art books and classes worldwide. Why then, would a naked male in the other picture be deemed “obscene” or “pornographic”? Why is our society ready enough to view the sculpture, but not a male model? Why does a penis automatically garner an NC-17 rating from the MPAA when mass killings, drug use, and sex scenes can get a PG-13 label, or be shown on cable TV? Why are we so afraid of seeing our bodies?

Question, what is the difference between these two pictures in today’s societal view? Michaelangelo’s “David” on the left has been heralded for centuries as a masterpiece. It is readily viewable by any museum visitor. Pictures of it are plastered in art books and classes worldwide. Why then, would a naked male in the other picture be deemed “obscene” or “pornographic”? Why is our society ready enough to view the sculpture, but not a male model? Why does a penis automatically garner an NC-17 rating from the MPAA when mass killings, drug use, and sex scenes can get a PG-13 label, or be shown on cable TV? Why are we so afraid of seeing our bodies?