Why is it art if Nam June Paik puts TV monitors on the breasts of beautiful and talented Charlotte Moorman and it’s “silly” when Yoko Ono puts bells on beautiful, and probably talented, male models’ nipples?
Men of this generation are not used to seeing themselves objectified, while women are inundated with sexualized images of their gender. It’s not true that only males in the animal kingdom are adorned for mating rituals: Look at the embroidered, wigged and high-heeled men of Louis’ court, knights in damascened armor, and by extension, ornately worked swords and firearms. Even up to the 19th century, dandies dressed in long frocks tended to their moustaches and walked with jeweled canes.
As Lyta Alexander of Santa Sangre puts it, “Finally, a fashion line objectifying the male body as a focus for sexual desire…I remember numerous fashion lines with hearts, hand-prints and other similar symbols in the female breasts or buttocks, and nobody bothered to get enraged. Now the prints are on the male genitals, and lo and behold, righteous indignation…Go Yoko.””
Right on. I quite like the pants with the knees cut out.