Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Little Naughty: The Pin-Up



PIN-UP GIRLS?!?!?!?


How could we?

Dana and I may both be modern women -- women who freely chose out life circumstances, but that doesn't mean we aren't "girls" too. A little objectification goes a long way and now women objectify men as much as men do women. If you don't think so check out some book covers or the pictures my friends put up on Facebook. And, Pin-Ups are a little naughty - like many of the books we write about.

And, ten years ago I would ave looked at them differently, but I have changed and, now, I like them.
from Stephanie (Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust)

The pin-up art we're most familiar with, that of the twentieth century, features attractive women with an unashamed sensuality that wasn't the accepted norm for the time.  If you want to know what men seek, take a look at these frank, self-confident women who aren't afraid of their sexuality.  No one can be fully actualized without their sexuality. Art deriving from that sexuality is as natural as sex and love.

English: Studio portrait photo of Betty Grable...I was surprised to learn that "pin up" art as a sensual aid for men dates back to cave drawings; well, I wasn't surprised that men used even crude drawings to assist their abilities to fantasize about women, but I was surprised to read that some art people consider that "Pin-Up."  Then it moves on to all forms of renderings of the female form in dishabille.  In the late 18th century, The New Woman (arising from a new feminist sensibility) was idealized by The Gibson Girl (above). The French had attractive women on posters, menus, and a variety of formats.  As time progressed these moved on, into photography that was sent to soldiers at the front.

And, it appeared on everything from calendars to playing cards, trick drink glasses and pens. And I think into the modern love, romance, true story comic books  of the fifties and sixties as a sort of retro-graded version of the art form. 

In the 1950s and 1960s some people exploited the art form and instead of representing the new, liberated woman it became a symbols for women as sexual objects.



But, Both male and female artists featured beautiful women in pin-up poses. Some are truly high art and others are titillating. But everyone likes to see a picture of a beautiful woman.  And, I cannot believe that any woman or man doesn't want to be seen by their partner as a sex goddess or god. Over and over again I hear women say their lover makes them feel like the most beautiful woman. We all want to be a private pin-up!


Dita VonTeese by Steve Diet Goedde.
I'm sure that like everything else, there's an unhealthy and exploitative version of it. But that would actually not be Pin-Up to me. For me Pin-Up is art that celebrated freeing of sensuality, beauty of form and sexuality. Other folks can hang whatever they want on it.

Pin -up often features women of a healthier size than we've thought of as model material" today.  Clothing lines, and websites have sprung up allover about this: (http://www.berniedexter.com/ , http://lostpinup.com/ , http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
https://www.facebook.com/PinUpFever).

While overly thin women and men are not so abundant in industrialized nations, a return to a healthier human body image is long overdue. On Feb. 13, Ana from Ana's Attic goes into detail about Curves and Confidence on this site.

For whatever reason, Vintage (1940's to the early 1960's) Pin-Up is hot. Maybe it's a socio-political thing, maybe it's a back-lash against the stick figure female ideal, maybe it's the internet, and maybe it's always been there. I think it's just a form of expression that aims towards stripping away repression of our sexuality and sensual natures.

It's pretty, it's sexy, it's amusing and it features women of healthy proportions.  So, it's kind of like us!




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