It's the association of Tuscan leather workers, you see. And "pelle" is a word that means both "leather" and "skin". But to look at the calendar itself, you'd think they were selling fur.
I'll just come out with it: The calendar features nothing but close-up pictures of pubic hair. Female pubic hair. In several colours, and in a natural state that for some reason isn't fashionable anymore.
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Toscani defended his choice of subjects as an artist: "There are lots of calendars with sexy women with their thighs exposed, not at all like mine. My photos are not diabolical at all, they capture a beautiful, healthy part of the body."
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I can't really argue with that. It's the commercial calendar aspect, and associations with the leather industry, that have people up in arms:
Some feminists have argued that the graphic images offend female dignity and are "unethical," and a ban could be on the way after a formal complaint by Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna.
"We are outraged at this umpteenth example of women's bodies being used for publicity," said Roberta Gavagna from the Artemisia association against domestic abuse.
"Is Toscani suggesting the essence of women lies in their genitals?"
I have both positive and negative feelings about this calendar. As art, I think it's fantastic. The human body is beautiful, and I can actually see the championing of a more natural approach to intimate grooming as a positive movement. The porn-influenced trend of extreme man- and woman-scaping is part of the same obsession with a manufactured body image that brought us labiaplasty.
This poor woman has been forced to hide
her naked shame with a xenotransplant.
Won’t somebody please think about the models?
Besides, the pictures I've seen don't really show "genitals" — just as this picture does not show bigfoot picking berries:
|Although he is totally in there. You just know it.|
Coincidentally, Toscani is shooting for Pelle di Toscana. But now this blog has completely gone off the rails.
What were we talking about again?
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If you want to see some samples of the pics, Copyranter has them.