Friday, December 30, 2005

Airplane Pr0n Etiquette

I just got back from my Christmas with the folks, have a great deal of catching up to do and so forth, but here's the thing that's seized my attention in this sleepless AM:

On both my trip out to Cali and my trip home this evening, I was seated right next to men looking at magazines with large color erotic shots of women. This evening, my neighbor was looking at Maxim; I don't know what it was the time before.

It seems intuitively obvious to me that looking at, say, Penthouse in crowded circumstances with strangers would be considered inappropriate. But why is that really so? What's the cut-off in lewdness?

2 Comments:

Blogger Gary Farber:

Where the line is drawn for, say, what you'd see in a NY Times lingerie ad, or at a non-nude public beach?

Incidentally, there's no hypen in "Nielsen Hayden."

First time I've communicated with you in a year. Apologies for being so out of touch.

;-)

1/01/2006 06:52:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Hell, I've got to get around to changing that sidebar note.

You did reply--and gallantly--to my apologetic email, so we're square.

I'm still a bit weirded out, though, about having a pimply young thing next to me feel comfortable studying the erotic pix in Maxim. How can one not look over and see? The purpose of these photos is to arouse--and, hell, I'm not a prude, I understand that these photos, especially displayed so prominently in front of female bystanders, are meant to arouse. But I find it a little distracting, a little aggressive, a little inappropriate, in a space where nobody can move without creating a scene.

A NYT lingerie ad, in B&W, is far more ignorable on an airplane, I'd say.

1/02/2006 01:03:00 AM  

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