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    Nude models protest in Paris

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008...models-protest

    From Rodin and Courbet's naked muses and lovers to Degas's clinical study of the female form, the nude has always taken pride of place in French art.

    But Paris is now being accused of showing such philistine ingratitude to its life models that scores went on strike yesterday, taking to the streets to pose naked in freezing temperatures to shame the state.
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    It's not my body the artists are trying to capture, but the essence of human nature, existence and all the mystery that goes with it.
    Uhm... I might've missed something.
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    Alright, I don't want to imply any male chauvanist leanings at all, and I think any worker deserves fair compensation, job safety, security, and health insurance.

    Having said that, I always felt that strikes were meant to be a punishment, and having a nation's models walk nude in the streets sounds more like a great photo op than anything else. I mean, all those artists can go to their window and still draw - for free. I suppose it does shame the govt... I suppose. I imagine a great many politicians in France are now joking about upsetting those models more often.
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    A good model deserves good pay. It's that simple.
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    ahhh you gotta love Paris.
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    Having said that, I always felt that strikes were meant to be a punishment, and having a nation's models walk nude in the streets sounds more like a great photo op than anything else. I mean, all those artists can go to their window and still draw - for free. I suppose it does shame the govt... I suppose. I imagine a great many politicians in France are now joking about upsetting those models more often.
    I think they're not doing this so much as punishment as to get people to take notice of their grievance. If there's one thing that mass public nudity (especially during the winter months) is sure to get, it's media attention.

    But on a tangent to your comment, one of my first thoughts reading the story was "hmm... I guess it would be poor form if you happened by this to stop and sketch..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePalumbo View Post
    "hmm... I guess it would be poor form if you happened by this to stop and sketch..."
    From the article (bolding added):
    The disrespect shown to the models was "proof that something is badly wrong with French society", shouted one shivering male model through a megaphone. Artists, students and art teachers sat sketching them in support.

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    The best model I’ve drawn this year was French and a dancer. She studied poses and carried a book of what was possible in various time frames. Good models are to be applauded. Bully for them.
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    Wouldnt it be more of a protest if they kept their clothes on???
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    Wouldnt Spencer Tunick's photographs be more interesting if all those people in them kept their clothes on???

    Nudity has a very unique way of catching everyone's attention.
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    Too bad I'm not in Paris right now.
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    In France (yesterday)
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/wor...de.protest.cnn


    In Italy (about a year ago)
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/liv...ude.models.cnn


    Good for them.

    If anyone deserves to get paid a little extra its the nude model. Whatever they're asking for, I'm sure its still a lot less money than hiring a prostitute, and a lot less effort than convincing friends, lovers, or strangers to get naked for you. We should be stoked that 'nude model' is a respectable profession now, and that there are enough of them to hold national strikes. Is there anything we can do as an international organization of artists to lend more support to their cause?
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    Maybe it will be more common here with enough attention from Europe.
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