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Old Nov 7, 2010, 1:43 PM   #1
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Sex sells and sex and fashion pushes up (no pun intended) the ratings of most of the glossies out there. Now I am not talking about glamor magazines or erotic soft porn stuff here. I am referring to the main stream magazines and webzines.

I have no problem with this what so ever. If the theme and story line screams for something hot than why not. But what I am finding more and more is that the shock factor is being used more and more just to shake things up and drive audiences in their direction. Now I am not prude, but what happens when the public becomes numb to the notion? What will we have to pull out of our magical hats to get people to look at the magazines. Will there be a backlash to a more romantic notion of sexuality, or will the marketplace be an eclectic mix of many social and artistic idioms.

I tend to think that modes flow like waves and even though there is room for a vast variety of artistic approaches and interpretations, the overall wave has an affect on all other interpretations and do influence them to a lesser or greater degree.

Sex sells, but I believe, if you want it to have impact, it should be dosed with the understanding that it is more effective in an environment of contrasts. We are being bombarded daily and sometimes less can stand out more than MORE. So the next time you want to make an erotic statement in your imagery, you might get more of a rise by framing what is sexually appealing with a touch of light or fabric and leave the rest to the imagination.

If your story screams for sexuality, go ahead have a ball, but always consider the flow of your story and treat it like you do your sexual affairs. Foreplay is often more important than the actual orgasm.

Just be aware that the audience is very fickle and can easily become numb to being over amped and might just turn the page faster than desired and as a result might go elsewhere. Why? Just because…If everyone is wearing black, introduce white. Contrasts, contrasts, contrasts...

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Old Nov 10, 2010, 2:12 PM   #2
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Very true. We do become 'numb', for a better word...and 'need' more stimulus for the next bit of excitement.
We keep pushing that envelope...but, there Are limits to that envelope and then what?
I have looked at ads as not so much as Art/Sex sells...but, sometimes we remember the Ad for the art, not the product.
I remember a lot of commercials, photos, but haven't a clue as to what they were selling...maybe that IS best.
Am around HUGE posters of semi clad people, cars, words and phrases telling me this or that and still do not recognize...sometimes at the time what the devil they are trying to sell...the object or an idea...a place....or political party. I truly think neither did the marketers...but, the ad looked good!
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Old Nov 11, 2010, 6:13 PM   #3
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An interesting post and thoughts. I agree that often less is more - beauty is important and a hint of what could be there far more pleasing than seeing what's there. The difference between art and grace versus clinical cold facts. I'll take the glamour you picture any day over outright sexuality.
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