Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rip-off Venus: French maid costume

I am close to completing another episode of the Pubic Wars and whilst looking through June 1980's Playboy I came across this illustration for an intriguing product.   Yes, it is a paper French Maid's outfit specifically designed to be ripped off!   From the Tear it off! range, manufactured by Maché, Maché in Oakland, California it cost $8.95 back in 1980.  They also made a cheerleader's uniform too.  

We wonder if they made any more designs? This had great potential; you could have a nurse's uniform, a policewoman's, a stewardess' etc.

We did have a girlfriend, once, who went in for frantic clothes removal and more than a few buttons got ripped off her blouses so she probably would have enjoyed these.

These days, no doubt, you would be accused of promoting sexual violence and the newspapers would be full of stories like: "Woman whose boyfriend had used paper fantasy clothes as part of deviant sex games with previous girlfriend would rip woman's clothes off leaving her bruised and traumatised.  Dr Proctor of Notenufftodo University said that these fantasy paper outfits contributed to men seeing women as helpless victims and objects and the next stage would be men committing mass murder using knives, as they became addicted to the tearing sensation.  The Daily Mail is writing to Number 10 Downing street to get these evil costumes banned for good."

Frankly, we think Ann Summers shops should start manufacturing them now.  We wonder if anyone does?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Venus supported!

Thanks for your support

Just a quick thank you to all those people who emailed Triple P with messages of support and wanted to join the private members list for Venus Observations, if it had proved necessary to limit its availability to comply with Google's recent pronouncement (happily now reversed, it seems)

We had over 100 people want to continue with access to the various blogs which is why we cannot write to you all individually but Triple P is very touched by your words of encouragement!  If Google change their minds again we have all your details.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to write in!

Hopefully, normal service will be resumed forthwith!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Venus Reprieved?

Thanks to whoever pointed out that Google have, apparently, reversed their decision to ban sexual images and graphic nudity (whatever that is) from Blogger.

They have stated:

Hello everyone, 

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn. Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as “adult” so that they can be placed behind an “adult content” warning page. Bloggers whose content is consistent with this and other policies do not need to make any changes to their blogs. Thank you for your continued feedback. 

 The Blogger Team

Well, while this seems, initially, good news for our Venus blogs, being an old cynic we will see how it pans out in reality.  We can't help thinking that there is a team at Blogger HQ working out how they can restrict things more than in the past and that this is just an interim climb-down.  Also we will need to see how the anti-erotica (how can anyone be anti-erotica?) brigade counter-attacks ,having been crowing with delight earlier in the week (yes, The Guardian newspaper we mean you). It seems, however, that now their primary targets are those blogs which post excerpts from videos and picture sets which link to commercial sites.  Triple P doesn't have any problems with this.  Their rules have always been that making money from adult content on Blogger wasn't allowed anyway.

A lot of what Blogger responded to was those who used "sexually explicit content to express their identities" meaning, we suppose people who have "alternative" sexual lives or interests.  Yes, Blogger, not everyone has sex in a family unit in order to, primarily, procreate.  Also, one commentator said on the Guardian website "why does anyone need porn?".  Well, erotica is designed to induce feelings of arousal.  This, we believe, is a good thing in itself.  Why do so many people look at porn?  Because they want to be aroused.  It's a nice feeling.  It does not, as the Daily Mail seems to think, then make you want to go out and rape people.  There is still this strange bracketing of "sex" and "violence" and anti-porn campaigners try and persuade people that porn and violence against women are synonymous.

There is another key issue and that is that many people do not have a sexual partner.  Not everyone is in a relationship.  Triple P knows several intelligent, well-off people who haven't had sex for decades or, even, at all.  There really is nothing wrong with them.  They don't look like trolls, they aren't weird they are just, in some cases, painfully shy and lack confidence in themselves sexually. For many people their only form of sexual arousal is, therefore, provided by erotica.  Now part of the demonisation of these people, of course, is caused by the peculiar attitudes to masturbation that exist, certainly, in the UK which are caused, in turn,  by the old-fashioned legacy of pronouncements by the church.  The message has, slightly changed from "this is wrong and will cause you physical harm" to a sort of "this is a bit tragic why haven't you got a partner like everyone else because you are encouraging the porn industry?"

Anyway. what concerns Triple P, still, is that even Blogger are calling this a change to their "porn policy" which makes no allowance for the many artistic nudes that are part of Venus Observations ambit.  While some of the images we use were originally produced as pornography we thing that much of what we feature was not.  Where, for example, would they classify sexually explicit drawings and paintings made by the likes of Jean-Adrien Mercier, Paul-Émile Bécat or the Japanese Shunga pictures we have featured in the past?  What about photographs of nudes by the likes of Sam Haskins?

Part of the issue, of course, is that, increasingly, all erotically stimulating material (and a lot that really isn't) is labelled "porn".  Which today basically means "something I don't like" or "something that demeans women" or "something that threatens our children's innocence".  So you have a a whole raft of pressure groups working together, whose views on many things do not mesh at all but who know what they don't like.

The purpose of these blogs (which we never imagined would be viewed by more than a few close friends) was always to celebrate sexuality and the beauty of the naked form.  We still don't think either of these things are rude, destructive or evil.  What we do think, increasingly, is that those who do want to enjoy these aspects of life are under increasing attack by those who espouse some of the views mentioned above.

We have recently been watching the fourth season of the excellent TV series Game of Thrones.  There were several pieces in the British press about lovely actress Nathalie Emmanuel because she appeared naked in a bathing scene.  Absolutely nothing about the appalling physical violence in the show ever seems to appear.  No, its all about sex and nudity, as that is much worse!

Oh, well.  One thing about this incident is that we have been very touched by the messages of support from our readers and the number of people who signed up to be members of the blogs if they went private.  Thank you all! Hopefully, we will now be able to continue as we were!

Monday, February 23, 2015

No More Venuses!

Triple P has just received the following email from Blogger.

In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary or scientific contexts, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content. The new policy will take effect on 23 March 2015. After this policy comes into force, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content that we've made private.

So, in essence, Google has surrendered to a minority of people who see sex and nudity as evil and something to be banned.  We will be unable to post any more in our Pubic Wars series or any other magazine pictorials.  Hopefully we will be able to continue to post images of art and, hopefully "artistic nude photography but the term "graphic nude images is terrible vague.  How do they define "graphic" and who defines it?

Google say there is a way to download your blog content but it doesn't work, needless to say. I am hoping to remove any "offensive" images from The Adventures of Triple P and Cavegirls in Fur Bikinis by the cut-off date to keep them going as they are.

We have set up a site "More Venus Observations" on which we will continue to post about art and art photography, if the ayatollahs at Google will let us.  

The really worrying this is, what is next?  Sexually explicit stories?  Any nudes? Anything else they don't like?  This is the sort of thing countries like Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia or China do.  

I believe that the blogs will not be deleted but will remain "private"  which means we can grant permission for individuals to see our blogs.  If you would like to continue to see our blogs after 28th March we will add your email address to the blog members list.  Please email Triple P at agenttriplep AT yahoo dot co dot uk.  If there are enough subscribers we might be able to continue blogging as a private members blog.

Update: 21 people have signed up so far!  More than enough for me to continue working on it!  Thank you all for your kind words of support!

For everyone else, thanks for your interest over the years.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Venus in Black Stockings 10: by Guy Bourdin for the 1980 Pentax Calendar

Our last Venus in Black Stockings featured the work of San Haskins who shot did a lot of the Pentax calendars in the seventies and eighties.  However, although Haskins did most of them during this period, the 1980 edition was shot by French photographer Guy Bourdin (1928-1991). Bourdin was two years younger than Haskins but was just as influential (if not more) in the world of fashion photography.  He is less well known because of his aversion to publicity. A protégé of surrealist Man Ray his pictures often have a slightly strange eroticism.  A pioneer of using fashion photographs to tell a narrative (however inexplicable) here we have a naked girl in stockings lounging on an inflatable ring and holding a rose in her gloved hand.

There is an exhibition of his work on in London at present so Triple P will go along to see it and we will no doubt have more Bourdin in due course.