The SMH has picked up a story from the Tweed Daily News about a local 16-year-old model posing nude for the cover of a surf mag. The picture only shows Ella Rose Corby topless, with writing on her body and her arm covering her breasts, but I don’t know if this is all that’s on the cover or if TDN has cropped out the rest (scroll down in the story for the b&w cover).
It’s actually a surprisingly unsexual shot. There’s no cleavage, no sex face, and she’s staring straight at the camera. I like to think she’s daring you to say something pervy so she can belittle you with an awesome slapdown. Yes, 16 is too young to be nude around an adult male photographer, but that’s an issue for Ella and her parents. I’m surprised they gave her permission to pose nude for a misogynistic surf mag where her image is going to be leered at and jerked off to, rather than for a photographer like Bill Henson, but I don’t have kids and I was a nightmare teenager, so who am I to question their parenting?
Anyway, my real issue is with Stab‘s writer, Mike Jennings, talking about how “a girl that age means danger to the adult male”:
“They’re moving into womanhood and they know it.
“They dress older, sneak into clubs and are easily mistaken as adults.
“And as girls in their early twenties try and hang onto their teenage beauty, lines are blurred and we’re left confused.
“You can leer at the 16-year-old as you would an adult woman, so long as you’re ignorant.
“Once you become aware of their age you must look away.”
How creepy can you get?