Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What Makes Reading Sexy?

NYC Book Club Goes Topless 'To Make Reading Sexy,' Succeeds

May 5, 2014

(yes there are photos at the article site so be aware)

sponsored by the New York City Bookclub: The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society


What?  Oh, come on, really?  I find this concept a bit strange. I don’t care if women go topless or nude for that matter – and do it while they’re reading – but seriously, does this really make reading sexy? 

Come on readers – tell the truth, does this concept/idea/implementation make reading seem more sexy to you?  Or is it just a distraction? Nudity doesn’t offend me nor does it titillate me (unless it’s with the right person in the right place), but putting it in this context is just a strange idea. Who comes up with these ideas and comes up with these connections?

Instead of getting all exited over bare breasts take a moment to think about this whole idea. Is this supposed to attract more people to reading? Really? So you’re telling me if a young boy sees a good-looking young woman reading topless he’s going to think, “gee! I have to read that book!”? You think so, huh?

According to the headline it ‘succeeds’. How? Why? In what way? Is it getting people to read? Is it giving them a good chuckle? If I’m totally missing something here maybe you all need to comment and set me straight.

I’m a writer and I enjoy talking about writing and reading and their association but I have to admit this one throws me off, confusion-wise.   

They’re reading, great! 

Reading by anyone any time for any reason is great!

They’re topless; really, why is that a big deal?

I have to wonder if the whole point isn’t the opposite of what it’s purported to be. Could it be perhaps that folks who enjoy going topless and doing it in public like to use the guise of reading to give their public nudity a greater ‘air of respectability’ (not that one is needed)? Are they insecure?  Is reading simply being used? Or do they sincerely believe they're promoting reading? I don’t know. I couldn’t begin to tell you.

Perhaps I should leave it to you, my readers, to figure this one out and give some feedback. Forget all the ‘moral arguments’ regarding nudity whether you’re ‘for’ or ‘against’. Plainly it’s legal in NYC. As to the moral, ah, whatever your personal feelings are. That isn’t the issue here.

But, does someone seeing someone else reading a book topless make reading sexy? (And I want to note here that the law in NYC allows for men and women to go topless - so the 'sexy' thing applies to either one though the pics only show women). And, by extension, make that person want to read himself? Does seeing someone read topless make someone else want to do the same? And by the way exactly what does 'reading being sexy' mean? What do you think?

And I have to ask the question, why does reading need to be sexy? What’s the matter with fun, engrossing, delightful, relaxing, sweep you away to another world, entertaining, educational….well all that and more? Does everything in life now have to have a ‘sexy’ edge? I'm not saying that's bad or good, just the question - does it?

I’m a writer. I love reading ~ and writing. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe this should be stopped or repressed in any way. I’m just confused at the connection. 

It's all in good fun and as I say, reading is great - any time, any where, any how. 

Dying to hear all opinions.

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