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November 10, 2006
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54 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 8, 2004, 7:40:50 PM
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(Contains: nudity and ideologically sensitive material)
Alternative title for this "Does my ass look fatwa in this burqa"??

I shot this a couple years ago, after talking to a friend who'd been in the United Arab Emirates for a year on a consulting project. He told me about parties where the women would show up in their burqa with $10,000 French designer dresses underneath and as soon as people walked in the door the wine started flowing and the modesty costumes went into the closet. So it made me wonder - how can anyone tell if you're wearing anything at all under your "modesty costume"?

I've written elsewhere about the total ridiculousness of religion-based social strictures against nudity. Often I get comments suggesting that I owe other people's beliefs more respect than I show. What's really going on is that there's a social taboo against making fun of religion because history shows that when you poke people's faith they often become dangerously violent. What's to respect about that? If I went around telling people I believed the universe had been created by spider-man and that everyone should wear their underpants on their head (skid marks forward!) they wouldn't "respect my beliefs" they'd put me in a hospital and give me antipsychotic drugs. When you consider the ridiculousness of the theory of a divine being that would create a body as gorgeous as this model's - and want it hidden from view - well, that's crazy. Forcing your women to wear something like a burqa is dumber than wearing your underpants on your head, especially if you live someplace hot. Now, let me state for the record that I am an "equal opportunity disrespecter" - I'm not anti-muslim, in particular. I think that most of the ways religion manifests itself are bordering on insanity, or inanity. Dear reader, if I have offended you, I'm sorry for your feelings but I'm only serving as the bearer of bad news. Don't shoot the messenger. Take your underpants off your head and get with the 21st century.


PS to all fanatics who might be inclined to threaten to kill me for this photo - what are you doing looking in a "nude" art gallery?
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Neo128 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Ha ha... The kind of thing I would have though of... If I had a sense of humor. :D
derfel01 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
That blurb - very well said!

Good pic too - I would hope point well made, but with many believers that's too much to hope for...
mjranum Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
You can explain things to believers until you're purple in the face; religious belief is self-reinforcing.
GreyLynx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Student Photographer
I love the PS there. XD
deadavalanche Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a good picture and I enjoyed reading your description. Living a life based on a silly iron-age superstition is absurd.
bloodsmoothy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Beautiful concept.
windanetwork Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Love it!!!
windanetwork Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Love it!!!
Lady-woods Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful photograph! I'm not against religion per say, but it is so true that I'm much more in favour of simple faith and spirituality than in the institution of said faith, full of does and don'ts and dogma... Faith in itself isn't bad (or good as such), it should just remain a personal matter, to be shared with others if they wish, and no more. It should certainly not interfere with the public sphere. But that's never been the forte of monotheistic faiths, now has it?
mjranum Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Well, I specifically dislike the aspects of religion in which someone goes around telling other people they know what god wants (which, coincidentally, is often what they want...)..
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