America has guns, we have nipples

America has guns, we have nipples

I read more and more often articles about judging nude photography as porn, no matter if it is art or not. Almost all of these issues come from the USA. This North America's body phobia starts to make me sick.

Yesterday I have read an article about 14 years old girl, charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, because she uploaded her nude selfportrait from her phone to internet. When I started to write this article today, I wanted to read the article again, but it has been deleted (censored?) as the same as many other articles which were writing about this story. Author of the article wrote that there are other ways how to correct behaviour of a young girl. I agree with the author and it is a pity the article does not exist anymore.

On the FoxNews and other websites you can read similar article about 15 years girl from 2008.

And today I see big headline on Forbes.com that Apple pulls the 500px and ISO500 applications from the App Store, because they allow access to pornographic images.
Although I do not use it or visit very often, I have my profile on the 500px website for more than 2 years, so I know that it is a pure art photography website, perhaps one of the best, and what more, without login you see only "Adult content" sign instead of nude art photographs.

We all know regulations on Facebook, Google+ and other (mostly american) websites. My Facebook fan page is age limited (18+ years), but it yet has problems with nude content. Maybe you know those "F" signs I am always using for covering nipples and vagina on my Facebook photographs. Nevertheless one checkbox "Adult content" could be a very ellegant solution - the same checkbox used on 500px, DeviantArt and many other websites.
Paradoxically Facebook offers me to support my fan page via their paid ads every day, but when I wanted to use it for my ART NUDE photo workshop, it was refused, because they do not propagate an adult content.

F sign covering vagina on nude art photographs for Facebook

I have a lot of american friends, fans, several american photographers have done my nude art photography courses and luckily I have to say they all are normal people with intelligent point of view.

By the way America belongs to the biggest consumers of pornography in the world. The more I do not understand all those prudish regulations. Should they make America safer or better? Is it really better to pretend that nudity does not exist? And what about guns? Is it normal to wear gun in the USA, but a crime to show nipples? Not for me. Sorry, but in my opinion these are inverted values.

And I must say I am happy that I live in Europe, in small Czech Republic, without guns and with nipples.

Jiri Ruzek
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Czech uglamour nude art photographer, born Aug 29 1967 in Litomerice, living in Prague.
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